Re: Conditionals (was,Re: Grice . . .)

From: John Baima (
Date: Tue Sep 22 1998 - 09:44:17 EDT

At 04:54 PM 9/21/1998 EDT, you wrote:
>In a message dated 9/21/1998 3:09:40 PM, wrote:
><<BTW, one of the things that got me going on all this is the assertion that
>some conditionals "assume the protasis false for the sake of argument."
>This is a nonsensical statement since no inference can be made from a
>negative protasis. Inferences can only be made from a positive protasis or
>a false apodosis.>>
>This may or may not be true. It depends on the falsity of the apodosis.

Okay. What I was referring to (and my thesis is titled, as you know) is
validity. Validity deals with the proper logical construction of an
argument and it has nothing to do with soundness. So, to be more correct,
I'll change my sentence to "Valid inferences can only be made from a
positive protasis or
a false apodosis." The soundness of an argument is, of course, interesting,
but unrelated to validity.

John Baima
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