And Therefore

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy (2021)
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Abstract

This article focuses on `therefore' constructions such as ‘The switch is on, and therefore the lights are on’. We submit that the contribution of `therefore’ is to express a dependence as part of the core content of these constructions, rather than being conveyed by conventional implicature (Grice 1975, Potts 2005, Neta 2013) or a triggered presupposition (Pavese 2017, forthcoming, Stokke 2017). We argue that the standard objections to this view can be answered by relying on the general projection hypothesis defended by Roberts et al. (2009) and Simons et al. (2010), leaving our view on solid ground.

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Bram Vaassen
Umeå University (PhD)
Alexander Sandgren
Australian National University

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