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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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The Need for Worlds

The Need for Worlds

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(p.322) 21 The Need for Worlds
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A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals
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Jonathan Bennett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199258872.003.0021

Comparison between the ‘worlds’ approach to subjunctive conditionals and the Goodman approach. Much of each of them can be restated in terms of the other; but some requirements for a plausible account of subjunctives can be satisfied in terms of worlds but not in Goodman's terms. Also, Goodman's vexatious cotenability problem dissolves in the world's framework. A special feature of Pollock's account subjunctives is discussed.

Keywords:   conditionals, cotenability, Goodman, Pollock, possible world, subjunctive conditionals

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