Indicative And Subjunctive Conditionals
. My dissertation, consisting of three independent papers, argues for a version of Stalnaker's semantics of indicative conditionals, similar to the approach taken by Heim (1992). In the first paper, I argue that competing approaches to indicatives -- the strict-conditional theories in the style of Kratzer (1986) and the approaches that rely on Adams' Thesis -- give the wrong predictions for dominance conditionals, sentences like 'If I win, I'll be better off than if I lose'. In the second paper, I argue that competing approaches give the wrong predictions for singular whether-conditionals, sentences like 'If I go, I'll go whether you like it or not'. In the third paper, I argue that the central task of a unified theory of indicative and subjunctive conditionals is to explain the presuppositions of both kinds of conditional, and defend the claim that such a unified theory is best built on the foundation of the Heimian variant of Stalnaker's indicative semantics.
Hodes, Harold Theodore; Silins, Nicholas
Ph.D. of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy
dissertation or thesis