If-Clauses and Probability Operators

Topoi 30 (1):17-29 (2011)

Mikael Cozic
Université Paris-Est Créteil
Adams’ thesis is generally agreed to be linguistically compelling for simple conditionals with factual antecedent and consequent. We propose a derivation of Adams’ thesis from the Lewis- Kratzer analysis of if-clauses as domain restrictors, applied to probability operators. We argue that Lewis’s triviality result may be seen as a result of inexpressibility of the kind familiar in generalized quantifier theory. Some implications of the Lewis- Kratzer analysis are presented concerning the assignment of probabilities to compounds of conditionals.
Keywords Indicative conditionals  If-clauses  Probability  Triviality  Quantifier restriction  Adams’ thesis  Lewis-Kratzer analysis
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DOI 10.1007/s11245-010-9087-y
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