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Subjunctive Conditionals—First Steps

Jonathan Bennett

in A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780199258871
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597046 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199258872.003.0010
Subjunctive Conditionals—First Steps

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Extreme realism (Lewis), and abstract realism, about worlds. Introducing an approach to subjunctive conditionals through possible worlds; use of this to explain the failure of transitivity and antecedent strengthening. The notion of variably strict conditionals is explained, and the logical likeness of subjunctives to indicatives is explained. Discussion of subjunctive with disjunctive antecedents.

Keywords: conditionals; disjunctive antecedents; indicative conditionals; possible worlds; realism; subjunctive conditionals

Chapter.  11549 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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