Unrolling from the Antecedent Time

Jonathan Bennett

in A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780199258871
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597046 | DOI:
Unrolling from the Antecedent Time

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Defends the view that for the evaluation of a subjunctive conditional, the closeness of an antecedent world depends upon how much it resembles the actual world up to the time of the antecedent. Conditional excluded middle for subjunctives is discussed, and rejected because closest antecedent worlds may be objectively indeterministic, in which case each of the opposing conditionals may be false.

Keywords: antecedent; conditionals; excluded middle; indeterminism; subjunctive conditionals

Chapter.  3738 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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