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Why historians (and everyone else) should care about counterfactuals

Nolan, Daniel


There are at least eight good reasons practicing historians should concern themselves with counterfactual claims. Furthermore, four of these reasons do not even require that we are able to tell which historical counterfactuals are true and which are false. This paper defends the claim that these reasons to be concerned with counterfactuals are good ones, and discusses how each can contribute to the practice of history.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophical Studies
DOI: 10.1007/s11098-011-9817-z


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