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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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The Need for Worlds

The Need for Worlds

(p.322) 21 The Need for Worlds
A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals

Jonathan Bennett

Oxford University Press

Comparison between the ‘worlds’ approach to subjunctive conditionals and the Goodman approach. Much of each of them can be restated in terms of the other; but some requirements for a plausible account of subjunctives can be satisfied in terms of worlds but not in Goodman's terms. Also, Goodman's vexatious cotenability problem dissolves in the world's framework. A special feature of Pollock's account subjunctives is discussed.

Keywords:   conditionals, cotenability, Goodman, Pollock, possible world, subjunctive conditionals

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