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Remarks on counterpossibles

Brogaard, Berit; Salerno, Joseph

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Since the publication of David Lewis' Counterfactuals, the standard line on subjunctive conditionals with impossible antecedents (or counterpossibles) has been that they are vacuously true. That is, a conditional of the form 'If p were the case, q would be the case' is trivially true whenever the antecedent, p, is impossible. The primary justification is that Lewis' semantics best approximates the English subjunctive conditional, and that a vacuous treatment of counterpossibles is a consequence...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/71023
Source: Organic Syntheses
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-012-0196-6

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