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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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Subjunctive Conditionals and Probability

Subjunctive Conditionals and Probability

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(p.246) 16 Subjunctive Conditionals and Probability
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A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals
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Jonathan Bennett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199258872.003.0016

By Lewis's account, it may be unduly hard for subjunctive conditionals to be outright true. We could weaken them by deeming each one to be true if its antecedent makes its consequent highly probable. Or we could follow Edgington's proposal that subjunctive conditionals should not be thought of in terms of truth at all but only of probability. It is shown here that adopting this proposal would not significantly narrow the chasm between subjunctives and indicatives.

Keywords:   conditionals, Edgington, indicative conditionals, Lewis, probability, subjunctive conditionals, truth value

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