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Reflections on Legality

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/10.1093/0199258872.003.0014
Reflections on Legality

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The primacy of causal laws in subjunctive conditionals is explained. Discussion of miracles at forks, and of counter‐legal conditionals: ones about what would have been the case if some actual causal law had been false. Subjunctives are ‘impossibility‐intolerant’; comparison of this with the zero intolerance of indicatives.

Keywords: causal laws; conditionals; fork; impossibility‐intolerance; indicative conditionals; miracles; subjunctive conditionals; zero intolerance

Chapter.  4964 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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