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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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Backward Subjunctive Conditionals

Backward Subjunctive Conditionals

(p.273) 18 Backward Subjunctive Conditionals
A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Jonathan Bennett

Oxford University Press

Criticism of a popular argument for refusing to allow backward subjunctives conditionals, i.e. ones whose consequent pertains to a time earlier than that of the antecedent; and of accounts of such conditionals by Jackson and Davis. A tenable account of them is found to be nested within Lewis's analysis of forward subjunctives. Discussion of related issues concerning Lewis's notion of counterparts and of non‐historical conditionals (’If it were a ruby, it would be red’).

Keywords:   backward causation, backward subjunctive conditionals, conditionals, counterpart, Jackson, Lewis, subjunctive conditionals

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