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Could have done otherwise, action sentences and anaphora

Steward, H. (2006) Could have done otherwise, action sentences and anaphora. Analysis, 66 (290). pp. 95-101.

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What does it mean to say of a certain agent, S, that he or she could have done otherwise? Clearly, it means nothing at all, unless the anaphoric devices within the sentence have been anchored to definite antecedents. In this paper, I shall argue that there may be more ways of effecting this anchoring than is commonly supposed, and hence more questions potentially available to be asked by means of the formulation ‘Could S have done otherwise?’ than is generally assumed to be the case in most of the relevant literature.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © Helen Steward 2006. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Analysis, Vol 66(290) pp.95-101.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Leeds Philosophy Department
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2007 12:21
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:04
Published Version: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j...
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-8284.2006.00595.x
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3341

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