The Competition for ‘Closest’

Jonathan Bennett

in A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780199258871
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597046 | DOI:
The Competition for ‘Closest’

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Discussion of the idea that there is never a closest antecedent world, and the opposing ‘limit assumption’ that says that there are limits to how fine grained a respect of world comparison can be. Relation of all this to conditional excluded middle for subjunctive conditionals. The meaning of ‘might’ in such conditionals.

Keywords: conditionals; excluded middle; limit assumption; might; possible worlds; subjunctive conditionals

Chapter.  8267 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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