Counterfactuals and propositional contingentism

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Fritz, Peter and Goodman, Jeremy. (2017). Counterfactuals and propositional contingentism. Review of Symbolic Logic. 10(3), pp. 509 - 529. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755020317000144
AuthorsFritz, Peter and Goodman, Jeremy
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This article explores the connection between two theses: the principle of conditional excluded middle for the counterfactual conditional, and the claim that it is a contingent matter which (coarse grained) propositions there are. Both theses enjoy wide support, and have been defended at length by Robert Stalnaker. We will argue that, given plausible background assumptions, these two principles are incompatible, provided that conditional excluded middle is understood in a certain modalized way. We then show that some (although not all) arguments for conditional excluded middle can in fact be extended to motivate this modalized version of the principle.

Year2017
JournalReview of Symbolic Logic
Journal citation10 (3), pp. 509 - 529
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN1755-0203
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755020317000144
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85026499877
Page range509 - 529
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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