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Subjunctive Conditionals and Time's Arrow

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/10.1093/0199258872.003.0019
Subjunctive Conditionals and Time's Arrow

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Lewis tried to use his analysis of subjunctive conditionals to explain time's arrow: our sense of the fixity of the past and non‐fixity of the future. This required him to state his analysis—and thus his conditions for closeness of worlds—without using any temporal‐order concepts, only temporal‐metric ones. Criticism of his ingenious attempt to do this, especially his thesis about what it takes for there to be a convergence of two previously unalike worlds.

Keywords: conditionals; convergence; fixity; future; Lewis; past; possible worlds; subjunctive conditionals; time; time's arrow

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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