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Counterfactuals / Edition 1
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Counterfactuals / Edition 1

by David Lewis
 

ISBN-10: 0631224955

ISBN-13: 9780631224952

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Wiley

Counterfactuals is David Lewis' forceful presentation of and sustained argument for a particular view about propositions which express contrary to fact conditionals, including his famous defense of realism about possible worlds.

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Counterfactuals is David Lewis' forceful presentation of and sustained argument for a particular view about propositions which express contrary to fact conditionals, including his famous defense of realism about possible worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631224952
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. An Analysis of Counterfactuals.

Introduction.

Strict Conditionals.

Variably Strict Conditionals.

The Limit Assumption.

'Might' Counterfactuals and Outer Modalities.

Impossible Antecedents.

True Antecedents.

Counterfactual Fallacies.

Potentialities.

2. Reformulations.

Multiple Modalities.

Propositional Quantifiers.

Comparative Similarity.

Similarity Measures.

Comparative Possibility.

Cotenability.

Selection Functions.

The Selection Operator.

3. Comparisons.

The Metalinguistic Theory: Implicit Premisis.

The Metalinguistic Theory: Factual Premises.

The Metalinguistic Theory: Laws of Nature.

Stalnaker's Theory.

4. Foundations.

Possible Worlds.

Similarity.

5. Analogies.

Conditional Obligation.

'When Next' and 'When Last'.

Contextually Definite Descriptions.

6. Logics.

Completeness Results.

Decidability Results.

Derived Modal Logics.

Appendix: Related Writings by David Lewis.

Index.

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