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David Lewis

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780195036466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195036468.001.0001

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Counterfactuals and Comparative Possibility

Counterfactuals and Comparative Possibility

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(p.3) Sixteen Counterfactuals and Comparative Possibility
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Philosophical Papers Volume II
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David Lewis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195036468.003.0001

Proposes an analysis of counterfactual conditionals in terms of possible‐world semantics. Various issues arising from the proposed analysis are then discussed, including possible equivalent reformulations and various ways in which the set of all sentences valid under the analysis can be axiomatized, taking the counterfactual connective as primitive.

Keywords:   axiomatics, conditionals, counterfactuals, modal logic, possibility, possible‐world semantics, potentialities, probability

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