9780631224952

Counterfactuals

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  • ISBN13:

    9780631224952

  • ISBN10:

    0631224955

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-01-17
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

Counterfactuals is David Lewis's forceful presentation of and sustained argument for a particular view about propositions which express contrary-to-fact conditionals, including his famous defense of realism about possible worlds. Since its original publication in 1973, it has become a classic of contemporary philosophy, and is essential reading for anyone interested in the logic and metaphysics of counterfactuals. The book also includes an appendix of related writings by Lewis.

Author Biography

David Lewis (1941- 2001) was Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. His publications include Convention (reissued by Blackwell 2002), On the Plurality of Worlds (reissued by Blackwell, 2000), Parts of Classes (1991), and of numerous articles in metaphysics and other areas. Many of his writings are available in his Collected Papers.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgements x
An Analysis of Counterfactuals
Introduction
1(3)
Strict Conditionals
4(9)
Variably Strict Conditionals
13(6)
The Limit Assumption
19(2)
`Might' Counterfactuals and Outer Modalities
21(3)
Impossible Antecedents
24(2)
True Antecedents
26(5)
Counterfactual Fallacies
31(5)
Potentialities
36(8)
Reformulations
Multiple Modalities
44(1)
Propositional Quantification
45(3)
Comparative Similarity
48(2)
Similarity Measures
50(2)
Comparative Possibility
52(5)
Cotenability
57(1)
Selection Functions
57(4)
The Selection Operator
61(4)
Comparisons
The Metalinguistic Theory: Implicit Premises
65(3)
The Metalinguistic Theory: Factual Premises
68(4)
The Metalinguistic Theory: Laws of Nature
72(5)
Stalnaker's Theory
77(7)
Foundations
Possible Worlds
84(7)
Similarity
91(5)
Analogies
Conditional Obligation
96(8)
`When Next' and `When Last'
104(7)
Contextually Definite Descriptions
111(7)
Logics
Completeness Results
118(16)
Decidability Results
134(3)
Derived Modal Logics
137(6)
Appendix: Related writings 143(6)
David Lewis
Index 149

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