‘If’ and the problem of hypothetical thought
This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the importance of the word ‘if’ in the English language, and goes on to introduce conditionals. The purpose of the book is then outlined, which is to develop a psychological theory of conditionals and hypothetical thought distinct from existing psychological accounts in the literature. Pragmatics, dual process theory, and hypothetical thinking are discussed. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.
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