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By Kendall L. Walton (auth.), Glenn Pearce, Patrick Maynard (eds.)

During Hallowe'en of 1970, the dept of Philosophy of the Univer­ sity of Western Ontario held its annual fall colloquium at London, On­ tario. the final subject of the classes that yr used to be conceptual switch. The 13 papers composing this quantity stem kind of without delay from these conferences; six of them are revealed the following almost as brought, whereas the remainder seven have been accordingly written by way of invitation. The programme of the colloquium was once to have consisted of significant papers added via Professors Wilfrid Sellars, Stephan Korner, Paul Ziff and Hilary Putnam, with shorter statement thereupon via Professors Robert Binkley, Joseph Ullian, Jerry Fodor and Robert Barrett, respec­ tively. and that's the approach it occurred, with one vital exception: on the 11th hour, Sellars and Binkley exchanged roles. This gave Binkley the relatively strange and not easy activity of delivering an appropriate Sellarsian solution to a query no longer of his personal asking - for Binkley's paper used to be written less than Sellars' unique name. Sellars' personal contribution to the vo­ lume could be extra approximately what he may have awarded as major speaker than an immediate reaction to Binkley. although, it has appeared most sensible, on stability, to try no additional stylistic lodging of the only paper to the opposite; their mutual philosophical relevance can be glaring at the least. The editors could the following prefer to expand specified due to either Sellars and Binkley for his or her remarkable efforts lower than the circumstances.

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They can be construed as carrying modifiers other than the familiar modalities. There are "occurrence-operators": It is usually (generally, frequently, normally, typically,) the case that .... There are "epistemic operators": For all I know it is the case that.. There are modified quantifiers: Approximately (nearly, roughly) all A's .... There are conditional qualifier s: other things equal, (if nothing interferes; if nothing prevents them). These riders each satisfy the minimal requirement. Generalizations qualified by them are compatible with apparent exceptions.

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