Conditional Sentences as Implication Statements: a New Approach

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It is usually accepted that conditional sentences are sui generis and enigmatic. In this paper I try to make them more accessible by interpreting them as claims to relations of implication restricted to a parameter world. This interpretation revives an old idea that fell into disuse, but in its improved version leads to refreshing solutions to known problems in conditional theory. The many benefits of this approach are evidenced by its insightful explanation of some apparent counter-examples to classical argumentative forms (the paradoxes of material implication, antecedent strengthening, contraposition, hypothetical syllogism, conditional negation), conditional standoffs, the problem of counterfactuals, the referential/inferential nature of conditionals, the Apartheid thesis, the triviality results and conditionals embedding.
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