Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 97 (3):322-346 (2016)

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Lee Walters
University of Southampton
Abstract
The standard semantics for counterfactuals ensures that any counterfactual with a true antecedent and true consequent is itself true. There have been many recent attempts to amend the standard semantics to avoid this result. I show that these proposals invalidate a number of further principles of the standard logic of counterfactuals. The case against the automatic truth of counterfactuals with true components does not extend to these further principles, however, so it is not clear that rejecting the latter should be a consequence of rejecting the former. Instead I consider how one might defuse putative counterexamples to the truth of true-true counterfactuals.
Keywords Counterfactuals  Possible World Semantics  True Antecedents
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12067
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