Two Objections to Wide-Scoping

Grazer Philosophische Studien 83 (1):251-255 (2011)
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Daan Evers
University of Groningen
Abstract
Wide-scopers argue that the detachment of intuitively false ‘ought’ claims from hypothetical imperatives is blocked because ‘ought’ takes wide, as opposed to narrow, scope. I present two arguments against this view. The first questions the premise that natural language conditionals are true just in case the antecedent is false. The second shows that intuitively false ‘ought’s can still be detached even WITH wide-scope readings. This weakens the motivation for wide-scoping.
Keywords hypothetical imperatives  problem of detachment  wide and narrow scope
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