In Defense of Hypothetical Syllogism

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Moti Mizrahi (2013) presented a putative counterexample to Hypothetical Syllogism (HS) for indicative conditionals aiming to succeed where previous attempts to refute HS have failed. Lee Walters (2014a) objected that Mizrahi’s putative counterexample results from an inadequate analysis of conditionals with embedded modals, but advanced new putative counterexamples to HS for subjunctive conditionals that are supposed to bypass this issue (Walters, 2014a; 2014b). It is argued that Walter’s analysis of embedded modals is unnecessary to prevent Mizrahi’s putative counterexample, since the example can be disarmed either as a fallacy of equivocation or as a contextual fallacy. Walters’s putative counterexamples to HS are also criticized as contextual fallacies. The conclusion is that neither Mizrahi nor Walters provided compelling reasons to reject HS.
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