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

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Matthew Mandelkern


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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Matthew Mandelkern, All Souls College, Oxford

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford