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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 Time's Arrow

Subjunctive Conditionals and Time's Arrow

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(p.288) 19 Subjunctive Conditionals and Time's Arrow
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A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals
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Jonathan Bennett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199258872.003.0019

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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