Deontic modality by Nate Charlow, Matthew Chrisman

By Nate Charlow, Matthew Chrisman

A unprecedented quantity of modern paintings via philosophers of language, meta-ethicists, and semanticists has considering the that means and serve as of language expressing recommendations having to do with what's allowed, forbidden, required, or compulsory, in view of the necessities of morality, the legislation, one's personal tastes or pursuits, or what an expert has commanded: in brief, deontic modality.

This quantity provides new paintings at the much-discussed subject of deontic modality by means of prime figures within the philosophy of language, meta-ethics, and linguistic semantics. The papers take on matters concerning the position of selection and likelihood concept within the semantics of deontic modality, the viability of normal attainable worlds remedies of the reality stipulations of deontic modal sentences, the potential of dynamic semantic remedies of deontic modality, the technique of semantics for deontic modals, and the clients for representationalist, expressivist, and inferentialist remedies of deontic modality.

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Three Unorthodox Ideas My framework deviates from the standard Kratzer framework in three major respects. ). My first deviation is to replace modal bases with fine-grained states. 28 This is an attempt to replicate Kratzer’s idea that conditional antecedents always restrict modals in their consequents, without commitment to Kratzer’s (a) syntactic hypothesis that there are no conditional operators at the level of logical form. 29 Two remarks. First, to define certain concepts of logical consequence, it would be useful to also have a notion of proper point of evaluation (that is a triple whose index and world coordinate are directly assigned by context), but we will not need this here.

My opponent may reply here that they are not orthogonal, after all—perhaps John really does have inconsistent deontic beliefs. But there is no reason to accept this claim (the points that follow are more extensively discussed in Cariani, , which was written as an elaboration of this argument). As a preliminary point, the contents of John’s beliefs are strictly speaking consistent even according to expected value analyses: these analyses make them inconsistent only relative to background facts about the context.

My first goal is to show that there are natural assignments of values to the contextual parameters that deliver the expected verdicts in Rescue, Slanted and the whole family of cases from §. In each case, I identify indices that plausibly represent the salient conversational contexts and show that they make the expected predictions. Recall that the target sentences are: () You should refuse the pills. () If you have the red gene, you should take the red pill. () If you have the blue gene, you should take the blue pill.

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