Philosophical Explorations:1-15 (forthcoming)

Pedro Merlussi
Universidade Federal do ABC
In debates concerning the consequence argument, it has long been claimed that McKay and Johnson (1996) demonstrated the invalidity of rule (β). Here, I argue that their result is not as robust as we might like to think. First, I argue that McKay and Johnson’s counterexample is successful if one adopts a certain interpretation of “no choice about” and if one is willing to deny the conditional excluded middle principle. In order to make this point I demonstrate that (β) is valid on Stalnaker’s theory of counterfactuals. This result is important and should not be neglected, I argue, because there is a particular line of objection to the revised formulations of the consequence argument that does not succeed against the original version.
Keywords the consequence argument  counterfactuals  laws of nature  free will  determinism
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DOI 10.1080/13869795.2022.2034917
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