An Argument for Conjunction Conditionalization

Review of Symbolic Logic 6 (4):573-588 (2013)
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Lee Walters
University of Southampton
Robert Williams
University of Leeds
Abstract
Are counterfactuals with true antecedents and consequents automatically true? That is, is Conjunction Conditionalization: if (X & Y), then (X > Y) valid? Stalnaker and Lewis think so, but many others disagree. We note here that the extant arguments for Conjunction Conditionalization are unpersuasive, before presenting a family of more compelling arguments. These arguments rely on some standard theorems of the logic of counterfactuals as well as a plausible and popular semantic claim about certain semifactuals. Denying Conjunction Conditionalization, then, requires rejecting other aspects of the standard logic of counterfactuals, or else our intuitive picture of semifactuals.
Keywords True Antecedents  Counterfactuals  Lewis
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DOI 10.1017/S1755020313000191
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