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Phil. review thread, vol.126, issue 3

Terence

102 day(s) ago

Please have some goddam decency and stick to the topic. My thread, I start: "Agentive Modals." (Agentive modals denote abilities.) Those guys wrote: "When someone says 'John can go swimming this evening,' she is informing her interlocutors that *going swimming this evening* is, in a certain sense, within John's control." No kidding! But let is consider the rivals they are trying to set aside: 1. the meaning of an agentive modal is compatible with a set of possible worlds 2. the meaning of an agentive modal is entailed by a set of possible worlds 3. the meaning of an agentive modal is a conditional (e.g. that if J tried to swim he would succeed). At this point, I can not care.

Sri

102 day(s) ago

I like turtles

Onora

93 day(s) ago

I like turtles

Sri

Why?

Gottfried

93 day(s) ago

Their home is where their heart is.

Harry

93 day(s) ago

The other three are pretty bad as explanations of ‘John can’. I’m not going to read these papers, but I’m willing to entertain the question what it means to say someone can do something.


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