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Indicative conditionals: Factual or Epistemic
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
2008 (English)In: Studia Logica: An International Journal for Symbolic Logic, ISSN 0039-3215, E-ISSN 1572-8730, Vol. 88, no 1, 157-194 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is argued that indicative conditionals are best viewed as having truthconditions (and so they are in part factual) but that these truth conditions are ‘gappy’which leaves an explanatory gap that can only be filled by epistemic considerations (and soindicative conditionals are in part epistemic). This dual nature of indicative conditionalsgives reason to rethink the relationship between logic viewed as a descriptive discipline(focusing on semantics) and logic viewed as a discipline with a normative import (focusingon epistemic notions such as ‘reasoning’, ‘beliefs’ and ‘assumptions’). In particular, it isargued that the development of formal models for epistemic states can serve as a startingpoint for exploring logic when viewed as a normative discipline.

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2008. Vol. 88, no 1, 157-194 p.
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Indicative conditionals, psychologism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-87475DOI: 10.1007/s11225-008-9096-7ScopusID: 2-s2.0-47749092480OAI: diva2:501700
QC 20120510Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-05-10Bibliographically approved

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