Conjunctions, disjunctions and Lewisian semantics for counterfactuals

Synthese 156 (1):33 - 52 (2007)
Consider the reasonable axioms of subjunctive conditionals if p → q1 and p → q2 at some world, then p → at that world, and if p1 → q and p2 → q at some world, then → q at that world, where p → q is the subjunctive conditional. I show that a Lewis-style semantics for subjunctive conditionals satisfies these axioms if and only if one makes a certain technical assumption about the closeness relation, an assumption that is probably false. I will then show how Lewisian semantics can be modified so as to assure and even when the technical assumption fails, and in fact in one sense the semantics actually becomes simpler then
Keywords Philosophy   Philosophy of Language   Metaphysics   Epistemology   Logic   Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 23,217
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Alexander R. Pruss (2015). Possibility is Not Consistency. Philosophical Studies 172 (9):2341-2348.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Alexander R. Pruss (2013). Incompatibilism Proved. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43 (4):430-437.

View all 6 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

51 ( #93,910 of 1,932,483 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

13 ( #66,441 of 1,932,483 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.