On the Logical Form of Concessive Conditionals

Journal of Philosophical Logic 51 (3):633-651 (2022)
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Abstract

This paper outlines an account of concessive conditionals that rests on two main ideas. One is that the logical form of a sentence as used in a given context is determined by the content expressed by the sentence in that context. The other is that a coherent distinction can be drawn between a reading of ‘if’ according to which a conditional is true when its consequent holds on the supposition that its antecedent holds, and a stronger reading according to which a conditional is true when its antecedent supports its consequent. As we will suggest, the logical form of concessive conditionals can be elucidated by relying on this distinction.

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Andrea Iacona
Università di Torino
Vincenzo Crupi
Università degli Studi di Torino

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