Only if: If only we understood it

  • Elena Herburger

Abstract

I argue that the puzzle that only if conditionals continue to pose is solved if their bare conditional prejacents are analyzed as having existential force. The existential conditional I propose is also argued to help shed light on the semantic behavior of conditionals under negative quantifiers and to explain why we often feel that the negation of an entire conditional is equivalent to the negation of its consequent.
How to Cite
Herburger, E. (1). Only if: If only we understood it. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 19, 304-321. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2015.v19i0.235