Dudman and the plans of mice and men

Philosophical Quarterly 48 (190):88-95 (1998)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

V.H. Dudman has argued that a better semantic account of the conditional emerges from placing grammar ‘in the driver's seat’. His account of their grammar identifies two main categories, which differ from those postulated by traditional theorists, and which he claims correspond to two very different and deep‐rooted styles of thought. I show that it is unlikely that a perfect match exists between styles of thought and grammatical categories in the way that Dudman postulates. I consider arguments by Dale and Edgington in this context. More importantly, however, I also show that even if there were a perfect match, Dudman's account would still obscure semantic similarities between ‘if’‐sentences which are arguably of greater importance than the ones he highlights. This, I suggest, has implications extending far beyond Dudman's work

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,075

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Of Men and Mice.Roger Caldwell - 2003 - Philosophy Now 42:34-34.
Of mice and men.Bernard E. Rollin - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (5):55 – 57.
Creating human-nonhuman chimeras: Of mice and men.Cynthia B. Cohen - 2003 - American Journal of Bioethics 3 (3):3 – 5.
Of Mice and Men: Adorno on Art and the Suffering of Animals.Camilla Flodin - 2011 - Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics 48 (2):139-156.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
50 (#318,839)

6 months
11 (#239,725)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

On conditionals.Dorothy Edgington - 1995 - Mind 104 (414):235-329.
Conditionals.Frank Jackson - 1987 - New York: Blackwell. Edited by Michael Devitt & Richard Hanley.
Parsing ‘if’-sentences.V. H. Dudman - 1984 - Analysis 44 (4):145-153.
On Conditionals.V. H. Dudman - 1994 - Journal of Philosophy 91 (3):113-128.

View all 11 references / Add more references