Conditionals: between language and reasoning 2019

Time and location
Tuesday, 12-14, room 0.21, Ludwigstraße 31


Assessment
Term paper. Guidelines.


Program outline
(might be updated as the course proceeds)


23 Apr. Intro. The importance of conditionals. Ontic vs epistemic conditionals.
Material: slides; Adams 1970, Edgington 1995, Sec. 1.


Part I: ontic conditionals


30 Apr. The meta-linguistic theory; Lewis’s minimal change semantics.
Material: slides; Goodman 1947; Lewis 1973, Sec. 1.1-1.5


07 May. Selection functions; conditional logic VC.
Material: Lewis 1973, Sec. 1.6-1.8, 2.7, 6.1.


14 May. Stalnaker’s theory and conditional excluded middle.
Material: slides. Stalnaker 1968, 1980, Lewis 1973 sec. 3.4, Herzberger 1979.


21 May. Disjunctive antecedents.
Material: Fine 1975, Alonso-Ovalle 2006, Ciardelli et al 2018 (up to Sec. 3)


28 May. What is similarity?
Material: Fine 1975; Tichy 1976; Lewis 1979; Veltman 2005.


04 Jun. Causal modeling semantics
Material: Pearl 2000


18 Jun. Extending causal modeling semantics
Material: Briggs 2012


??. Non-minimal change. Background semantics
Material: Ciardelli et al 2018


Part II: epistemic conditionals


25 Jun. Do conditionals have truth-conditions?
Material: Edgington 1986


02 Jul. The probabilistic theory of conditionals.
Material: Adams 1975, Edgington 1995


09 Jul. Or-to-if, import-export. Information semantics.
Material: Gillies 2004, Gillies 2009.


16 Jul. Conditionals and modals.
Material: Gillies 2010, Bledin 2014


23 Jul. Graded information semantics.
Material: Ciardelli 2019