Dispositions, Conditionals, and Counterexamples

Mind 120 (480):1191-1227 (2011)
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Ryan Wasserman
Western Washington University
David Manley
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Abstract
In an earlier paper in these pages (2008), we explored the puzzling link between dispositions and conditionals. First, we rehearsed the standard counterexamples to the simple conditional analysis and the refined conditional analysis defended by David Lewis. Second, we attacked a tempting response to these counterexamples: what we called the ‘getting specific strategy’. Third, we presented a series of structural considerations that pose problems for many attempts to understand the link between dispositions and conditionals. Finally, we developed our own account of this link, which avoids all of the standard counterexamples and comports with the relevant structural considerations. In this paper, we reply to some objections.
Keywords dispositions  subjunctive conditionals  counterfactuals  dispositional properties  centering
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DOI 10.1093/mind/fzr078
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