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Counterfactual Dependence and Time's Arrow

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume II

Published in print June 1987 | ISBN: 9780195036466
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833399 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195036468.003.0002
                      Counterfactual Dependence and Time's Arrow

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Upholds the asymmetry of counterfactual dependence, and proposes a semantic analysis of counterfactual conditionals that can account for it. It also considers the asymmetry of miracles and that of overdetermination, and answers the “future similarity” objection. The paper contains five postscripts, dealing with objections and further issues arising from the proposed account.

Keywords: asymmetry; causation; counterfactual conditionals; counterfactual dependence; indeterminism; miracles; overdetermination; time's arrow

Chapter.  15250 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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