The case of the missing ‘If’: Accessibility relations in Stalnaker’s theory of conditionals

Matthew Mandelkern

Abstract


A part of Stalnaker (1968)’s influential theory of conditionals has been neglected, namely the role for an accessibility relation between worlds. I argue that the accessibility relation does not play the role intended for it in the theory as stated, and propose a minimal revision which solves the problem, and brings the theory in line with the formulation in Stalnaker & Thomason 1970.

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Keywords


conditionals; accessibility relations; (reverse) Sobel sequences; indicative versus subjunctive conditionals

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp.11.8

License URL: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

ISSN: 1937-8912

Journal doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp