Conditional intent in the strange case of murder by logic

Dale Jacquette



The concept of conditional intent is pervasive in practical reasoning and action. Although conditional intent has not received the detailed attention it deserves, it is worth remarking that much if not most of the intentions we formulate and on the basis of which we act or try to act are conditional in logical form.

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David H. Sanford, If P, Then Q: Conditionals and the Foundations of Reasoning (London: Routledge, 1989), especially pp. 87–100 in the chapter on ‘Belief and Probability’.

E.W. Adams, ‘Probability and the Logic of Conditionals’, in Aspects of Inductive Inference, edited by Patrick Suppes and Jaakko Hintikka (Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1968), pp. 265–316.

Alan Gibbard, ‘Indicative Conditionals and Conditional Probability’, in Ifs: Conditionals, Belief, Decision, Chance, and Time, edited by W. L. Harper, Robert Stalnaker, and C.T. Pearce, Dordrecht: Reidel Publishing, 1981, pp. 253–256.

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