Philosophical Studies 173 (3):665-673 (2016)

Charles B. Cross
University of Georgia
Stephen Barker argues that a possible worlds semantics for the counterfactual conditional of the sort proposed by Stalnaker and Lewis cannot accommodate certain examples in which determinism is true and a counterfactual Q > R is false, but where, for some P, the compound counterfactual P > (Q > R) is true. I argue that the completeness theorem for Lewis’s system VC of counterfactual logic shows that Stalnaker–Lewis semantics does accommodate Barker’s example, and I argue that its doing so should be understood as showing that the example is an exception to Lewis’s Time’s Arrow requirements
Keywords Counterfactuals  Conditionals  Stalnaker–Lewis semantics  Comparative world similarity  Cotenability
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-015-0512-3
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