Comparative world similarity and what is held fixed in counterfactuals

Analysis 71 (1):91-96 (2011)
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Berit Brogaard and Joe Salerno (Counterfactuals and Context, ANALYSIS 68 (2008): 39-46) argue that the standard Stalnaker-Lewis counterexamples to hypothetical syllogism, strengthening the antecedent, and contraposition trade on a failure to hold fixed the context in which truth values are determined for the premises and conclusion in each counterexample. I argue that no contextual fallacy is committed in the standard counterexamples, and I offer a different view of what it is for a fact to be held fixed by a counterfactual antecedent. On my view, for a fact to be held fixed is an epistemological matter, not a semantic matter.
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