What If Bizet and Verdi Had Been Compatriots?

Logos and Episteme 7 (1):55-73 (2016)
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Michael Shaffer
St. Cloud State University
Abstract
Stalnaker argued that conditional excluded middle should be included in the principles that govern counterfactuals on the basis that intuitions support that principle. This is because there are pairs of competing counterfactuals that appear to be equally acceptable. In doing so, he was forced to introduced semantic vagueness into his system of counterfactuals. In this paper it is argued that there is a simpler and purely epistemic explanation of these cases that avoids the need for introducing semantic vagueness into the semantics for counterfactuals.
Keywords Counterfactuals  Conditional Excluded Middle  Belief Revision
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ISBN(s) 2069-0533
DOI 10.5840/logos-episteme2016714
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