'Can' and the logic of ability

Philosophical Studies 50 (1):53-64 (1986)
A selection function based semantics is offered for the 'can' of ability based on the idea that 'John can run a four minute mile' is true iff John would do so under the right conditions, meaning that he would do so under at least one appropriately chosen test condition. Completeness is proved for an axiom system and semantics based on this idea, and the logic turns out to be interestingly different from any standard system of modal logic.
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David Lewis (1979). Scorekeeping in a Language Game. Journal of Philosophical Logic 8 (1):339--359.
Keith Lehrer (1976). 'Can' in Theory and Practice: A Possible Worlds Analysis. In M. Brand & Douglas N. Walton (eds.), Action Theory. Reidel. pp. 241-270.

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