Indicatives at stake

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Several authors have claimed that indicative conditionals are sensitive to the epistemic perspective of agents. According to this sort of view, the truth of an indicative conditional depends on the background evidence of some relevant agent or group of agents. In this paper, I argue that the context-dependence of indicative conditionals goes beyond this. Indicative conditionals are not only sensitive to the evidence of agents, but also to contextual factors that determine what is inferable from such background evidence (plus the antecedent of the conditional). More specifically, my proposal is that when the inference associated with a conditional is defeasible, the truth of that conditional is sensitive to practical stakes (in a similar way that knowledge claims are sensitive to practical stakes).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


  • contextualism
  • defeasible reasoning
  • epistemic conditionals
  • Indicative conditionals
  • stakes


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