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A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals$
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Jonathan Bennett

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199258872.001.0001

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Reflections on Legality

Reflections on Legality

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(p.222) 14 Reflections on Legality
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A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals
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Jonathan Bennett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199258872.003.0014

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

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