Conditionals, Paradox, and Probability brings together fifteen original essays by experts in philosophy and linguistics. These specially written chapters draw on themes from the work of Dorothy Edgington, the first woman to hold a chair in philosophy at the University of Oxford. The contributors to this volume focus on the key topics to which Edgington has made many important contributions, including conditionals, vagueness, the paradox of knowability, and probability. Their insights will be of interest to philosophers, linguists, and psychologists working in philosophical logic, natural language semantics, and reasoning.
1 - Introduction 2 - Philosophy and Me 3 - A Note on Conditionals and Restrictors 4 - Chasing Hook: Quantified Indicative Conditionals 5 - New Paradigm Psychology of Conditional Reasoning and its Philosophical Sources 6 - Counterfactuals to the Rescue 7 - Counterfactuals and Probability 8 - Grammar Matters 9 - Constructing the Impossible 10 - The Epistemic Use of 'Ought' 11 - Undercutting Defeat and Edgington's Burglar 12 - Edgington on Possible Knowledge of Unknown Truth 13 - Prefaces, Sorites and Guides to Reasoning 14 - Hysteresis Hypotheses 15 - Verities and Truth-values
Lee Walters is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Southampton and Associate Editor of Analysis. He works mainly in the philosophy of logic and language, metaphysics, and related issues in aesthetics, in particular on the logic and semantics of conditionals, the metaphysics of art, and fiction. In 2016-7 he held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship on the Metaphysics of Art, and in 2015 he was a Junior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University. John Hawthorne is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. He was previously Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at the University of Oxford and Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. His books include Knowledge and Lotteries (Oxford 2004), Metaphysical Essays (Oxford 2006), Relativism and Monadic Truth (Oxford 2009, with Herman Cappelen), The Reference Book (Oxford 2012, with David Manley), and Narrow Content (Oxford 2018, with Juhani Yli-Vakkuri).
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