Counterfactuals, counteractuals, and free choice

Philosophical Studies 178 (2):445-469 (2021)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In a recent paper, Pruss proves the validity of the rule beta-2 relative to Lewis’s semantics for counterfactuals, which is a significant step forward in the debate about the consequence argument. Yet, we believe there remain intuitive counter-examples to beta-2 formulated with the actuality operator and rigidified descriptions. We offer a novel and two-dimensional formulation of the Lewisian semantics for counterfactuals and prove the validity of a new transfer rule according to which a new version of the consequence argument can be formulated. This new transfer rule is immune to the counter-examples involving the actuality operator and rigidified descriptions. However, we show that counter-examples to this new rule can also be generated, demanding that the Lewisian semantics be generalized for higher dimensions where counter-examples can always be generated.

Author Profiles

Fabio Lampert
University of Greifswald
Pedro Merlussi
Universidade Federal do ABC

Analytics

Added to PP
2020-02-10

Downloads
424 (#20,069)

6 months
52 (#17,706)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?