Course date

20 July - 31 July, 2009
Application deadline
15 February, 2009
Course Director(s): 

Barry Loewer

Philosophy department, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, United States of America

Jason Stanley

Philosophy department, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, United States of America
Course Faculty: 

Dorothy Edgington

Magdalen College, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, and Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

Alan Hajek

Philosophy Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Angelika Kratzer

Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Robert Stalnaker

Department of Linguistics & Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

The aims of this summer school are 1) to teach and discuss recent philosophical and linguistic advances on our understanding of conditionals and 2) to promote discussions among the faculty and participants of issues involving conditionals from the perspectives of linguistics, philosophy of language, philosophical logic, cognitive psychology, and philosophy of science 3) to help establish a network of young researchers on issues in philosophy of language and philosophical logic.

The course will cover

(i) an introduction to the main ideas needed for an understanding of recent work on conditionals including the basics of modal logic, probability theory, and linguistics;

(ii) the main accounts of the linguistics and semantics of indicative and subjunctive conditionals;

(iii) the connections between probability and conditionals;

(iv) connections between conditionals and other philosophical concepts including laws, causation, knowledge, the direction of time.