Conditional excluded middle

Erkenntnis 70 (2):173-188 (2009)
In this essay I renew the case for Conditional Excluded Middle (CXM) in light of recent developments in the semantics of the subjunctive conditional. I argue that Michael Tooley’s recent backward causation counterexample to the Stalnaker-Lewis comparative world similarity semantics undermines the strongest argument against CXM, and I offer a new, principled argument for the validity of CXM that is in no way undermined by Tooley’s counterexample. Finally, I formulate a simple semantics for the subjunctive conditional that is consistent with both CXM and Tooley’s counterexample.
Keywords Philosophy   Philosophy   Epistemology   Ontology   Ethics   Logic
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DOI 10.2307/40267417
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Robert C. Stalnaker (1968). A Theory of Conditionals. Americal Philosophical Quarterly:98-112.

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