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Title: If and Hook
Keywords: Grice, implicature, conditional, conversation, pragmatics, logic
Issue Date: 17-Jul-2006
Citation: TANG WENG HONG (2006-07-17). If and Hook. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In my thesis, I defend a particular semantic account of the indicative conditional, namely, the thesis (call it the "horseshoe thesis") that the indicative conditional is synonymous with the material conditional. I provide three direct arguments for the claim that the indicative conditional is logically equivalent to the material conditional. Drawing from the work of Paul Grice, I also defend the claim against various purported counterexamples, including the paradoxes of material implication. Grice is known for defending the horseshoe thesis against such purported counterexamples by appealing to his conversational maxims and the phenomenon of conversational implicature. What is not so well known is that he has another line of defence that does not appeal to the maxims. I show that this second line of defence deals with a certain problem which his first line does not handle well. I also answer various other objections directed against Grice's defence of the horseshoe thesis.
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