Promises and Material Conditionals

Teaching Philosophy 16 (2):155-156 (1993)
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Some beginning logic students find it hard to understand why a material conditional is true when its antecedent is false. I draw an analogy between conditional statements and conditional promises (especially between true conditional statements and unbroken conditional promises) that makes this point of logic less counter-intuitive.



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Mark T. Nelson
Westmont College

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