Remarks on counterpossibles

@article{Brogaard2012RemarksOC,
  title={Remarks on counterpossibles},
  author={Berit Brogaard and Joe Salerno},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2012},
  volume={190},
  pages={639-660}
}
Since the publication of David Lewis’ Counterfactuals, the standard line on subjunctive conditionals with impossible antecedents (or counterpossibles) has been that they are vacuously true. That is, a conditional of the form ‘If p were the case, q would be the case’ is trivially true whenever the antecedent, p, is impossible. The primary justification is that Lewis’ semantics best approximates the English subjunctive conditional, and that a vacuous treatment of counterpossibles is a consequence… CONTINUE READING

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