Chapter

Forks

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/10.1093/0199258872.003.0013
Forks

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Unless something to the contrary is explicitly said in a given subjunctive conditional, the closest antecedent worlds are ones that are exactly like the actual world until shortly before the time of the antecedent and then fork away from such likeness in some inconspicuous manner. The alternatives are: the closest world is unlike the actual world through all pre‐antecedent time; at the closest world, the antecedent comes to be true with a ‘bump’. This chapter discusses what goes on at a fork and the temporal locations of forks.

Keywords: antecedent; conditionals; fork; possible worlds; subjunctive conditionals

Chapter.  9301 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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