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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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Unrolling from the Antecedent Time

Unrolling from the Antecedent Time

(p.194) 12 Unrolling from the Antecedent Time
A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Jonathan Bennett

Oxford University Press

Defends the view that for the evaluation of a subjunctive conditional, the closeness of an antecedent world depends upon how much it resembles the actual world up to the time of the antecedent. Conditional excluded middle for subjunctives is discussed, and rejected because closest antecedent worlds may be objectively indeterministic, in which case each of the opposing conditionals may be false.

Keywords:   antecedent, conditionals, excluded middle, indeterminism, subjunctive conditionals

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