Counterfactuals (Book, 2001) []
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Author: David K Lewis
Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Rev. ed.]View all editions and formats

A presentation of and sustained argument for a particular view about propositions which express contrary-to-fact conditionals, including the author's infamous defense of realism about possible worlds.  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David K Lewis
ISBN: 0631224955 9780631224952 0631224254 9780631224259
OCLC Number: 44650915
Description: viii, 156 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. An Analysis of Counterfactuals. 1.1. Introduction. 1.2. Strict Conditionals. 1.3. Variably Strict Conditionals. 1.4. The Limit Assumption. 1.5. 'Might' Counterfactuals and Outer Modalities. 1.6. Impossible Antecedents. 1.7. True Antecedents. 1.8. Counterfactual Fallacies. 1.9. Potentialities --
2. Reformulations. 2.1. Multiple Modalities. 2.2. Propositional Quantification. 2.3. Comparative Similarity. 2.4. Similarity Measures. 2.5. Comparative Possibility. 2.6. Cotenability. 2.7. Selection Functions. 2.8. The Selection Operator --
3. Comparisons. 3.1. The Metalinguistic Theory: Implicit Premises. 3.2. The Metalinguistic Theory: Factual Premises. 3.3. The Metalinguistic Theory: Laws of Nature.
Responsibility: David Lewis.


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