Getting the point of conditionals: An argumentative approach to the psychological interpretation of conditional premises


Processes that govern the interpretation of conditional statements by lay reasoners are considered a key issue by nearly all reasoning psychologists. An argumentative approach to interpretation is outlined, based on the idea that one has to retrieve the intention of the speaker to interpret a statement, and an argumentative based typology of conditionals is offered. Some empirical support to the approach is provided, as well as some theoretical support from an evolutionary perspective.

Conditionals, Information, and Inference
JF Bonnefon
JF Bonnefon
Behavioral Scientist