Counterfactual Skepticism and Multidimensional Semantics

Erkenntnis 83 (5):875-898 (2018)

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H. Orri Stefansson
Stockholm University
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It has recently been argued that indeterminacy and indeterminism make most ordinary counterfactuals false. I argue that a plausible way to avoid such counterfactual skepticism is to postulate the existence of primitive modal facts that serve as truth-makers for counterfactual claims. Moreover, I defend a new theory of ‘might’ counterfactuals, and develop assertability and knowledge criteria to suit such unobservable ‘counterfacts’.
Keywords Counterfactuals  Skepticism  Indeterminism  Indeterminacy
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