Backtracking Counterfactuals Revisited
Author(s)Khoo, Justin Donald
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I discuss three observations about backtracking counterfactuals not predicted by existing theories, and then motivate a theory of counterfactuals that does predict them. On my theory, counterfactuals quantify over a suitably restricted set of historical possibilities from some contextually relevant past time. I motivate each feature of the theory relevant to predicting our three observations about backtracking counterfactuals. The paper concludes with replies to three potential objections.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Oxford University Press (OUP)
Khoo, Justin. “Backtracking Counterfactuals Revisited.” Mind 126, 503 (October 2016): 841–910 © 2016 Khoo
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