Review of Symbolic Logic 10 (3):509-529 (2017)

Peter Fritz
Australian Catholic University
Jeremy Goodman
University of Southern California
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.
Keywords counterfactuals  conditional excluded middle  contingentism  modal logic
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