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A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

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ISBN-13: 978-0199258864
ISBN-10: 0199258864
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Bennett's welcome guide ... exhibits good common sense ... presents good explanations of technical work to nontechnical readers, and most importantly, provides the only book available where we can find the whole literature on conditionals vigorously explained and analyzed. Richard Mendelsohn, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Jonathan Bennett sets out in this ambitious project to provide a complete and thorough guide to the subject of philosophical conditionals. I suspect that in lesser hands this text could have become something of a chore, taking on, as it does, aspects of semantics that are highly technical and difficult to work through. But in this case the results are delightful. Bennett explores the field of conditionals without needless technicality, (indeed on occasion one wonders that others have managed to make such heavy work in a field that seems so simple when presented thus) is pellucidly clear at all times and, above all, makes the topic of conditionals interesting and relevant to the reader. Jonathan Tallant, Philosophical Writings

About the Author


Jonathan Bennett, who now lives on an island near Vancouver, British Columbia, was formerly Lecturer in Moral Science at the University of Cambridge, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and then at Syracuse University. He has held visiting positions at Cornell, Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Princeton, and has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the British Academy.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199258864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199258864
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,376,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While I can't help but disagree with Bennett's final philosophical analysis of conditionals (both indicative and subjunctive), this book is a useful survey of the literature on conditionals. Bennett doesn't always do justice to those whose arguments he retells, but this is a useful starting place for anyone interested in philosophy of logic.
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The author seems more interested in debating his colleagues than in classifying conditionals. I thought this would be a nice survey of the field, but instead it is a mass of replies and polemics. Not recommended to philosophy students looking for a survey or history of conditionals.
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