How Close Are Impossible Worlds? A Critique of Brogaard and Salerno’s Account of Counterpossibles

Dialectica 73 (3):315-329 (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Several theorists have been attracted to the idea that in order to account for counterpossibles, i.e. counterfactuals with impossible antecedents, we must appeal to impossible worlds. However, few have attempted to provide a detailed impossible worlds account of counterpossibles. Berit Brogaard and Joe Salerno’s ‘Remarks on Counterpossibles’ is one of the few attempts to fill in this theoretical gap. In this article, I critically examine their account. I prove a number of unanticipated implications of their account that end up implying a counterintuitive result. I then examine a suggested revision and point out a surprising implication of the revision.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Omission impossible.Sara Bernstein - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (10):2575-2589.
Counterpossibles.Barak Krakauer - 2012 - Dissertation, University of Massachusetts
Semantics for Counterpossibles.Yale Weiss - 2017 - Australasian Journal of Logic 14 (4):383-407.
Impossible Worlds.David Vander Laan - 1999 - Dissertation, University of Notre Dame
Counterpossibles and Similarity.David Vander Laan - 2004 - In Frank Jackson & Graham Priest (eds.), Lewisian Themes: The Philosophy of David K. Lewis. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press. pp. 258-275.
Counterpossibles.Alexander W. Kocurek - 2021 - Philosophy Compass 16 (11):e12787.
Remarks on counterpossibles.Berit Brogaard & Joe Salerno - 2013 - Synthese 190 (4):639-660.
On counterpossibles.Jens Christian Bjerring - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 168 (2):327-353.

Analytics

Added to PP
2019-02-24

Downloads
501 (#39,323)

6 months
100 (#48,499)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Dan Baras
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan

Citations of this work

Counterpossibles.Alexander W. Kocurek - 2021 - Philosophy Compass 16 (11):e12787.
No need to get up from the armchair.Dan Baras - 2020 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 23 (3):575-590.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Impossible Worlds: A Modest Approach.Daniel Nolan - 1997 - Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 38 (4):535-572.
Remarks on counterpossibles.Berit Brogaard & Joe Salerno - 2013 - Synthese 190 (4):639-660.
Omission impossible.Sara Bernstein - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (10):2575-2589.
Impossible Worlds.Mark Jago - 2013 - Noûs 47 (3):713-728.

View all 8 references / Add more references