By (author) William G. Lycan
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Real Conditionals by William G. Lycan
Book DescriptionPhilosophers and logicians have long debated how best to understand conditional or hypothetical sentences. William G. Lycan has a distinctive approach to this debate, attending not just to the semantics of such sentences, but equally to their syntax. He shows how insights from linguistic theory help to illuminate problems about the meaning and function of conditionals. For instance, philosophers and logicians have had problems analysing the locutions 'only if', 'unless', and 'even if'. Lycan sets out a general semantic theory of conditionals which works for all such sentences; he assigns meanings to them in a way that explains how and why those meanings depend upon features of utterance context. According to Lycan's theory the 'if'-clauses refer to items called 'events', 'circumstances', or 'conditions'. Real Conditionals gives at last the definitive presentation of this original approach to a topic at the intersection of philosophy, logic, and linguistics. Lycan's characteristically lively and witty expository style ensures that it can be enjoyed by readers from all three disciplines.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199242078
(225mm x 145mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 12-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author William G. Lycan
Philosophy of Language, Paperback (February 2008)
Introduces students to the main issues and theories in twentieth-century philosophy of language, focusing specifically on linguistic phenomena. This book surveys the competing theories of linguistic meaning and compares their various advantages and liabilities.
Mind and Cognition, Paperback (January 2008)
First published in 1990, Mind and Cognition: An Anthology is now firmly established as a popular teaching apparatus for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in the philosophy of mind.
Real Conditionals, Paperback (December 2005)
Offers a fresh approach to the long-running debate among philosophers and logicians about the best way to analyse and understand conditional sentences. The author attends not just to the semantics of such sentences, but equally to their syntax, making use of insights from linguistic theory.
Consciousness and Experience, Hardback (October 1996)» View all books by William G. Lycan
This sequel to "Consciousness" (1987) continues the author's discussion of his general functionalist theory of consciousness, answers the critics of his earlier work, and expands the range of discussion to include issues and arguements that have arisen in the intervening years.
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Author Biography - William G. Lycan
William Lycan is William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina.
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