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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.

Synopsis:

Counterfactuals is David Lewis' 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.

About the Author

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.

Acknowledgements.

1. An Analysis of Counterfactuals.

Introduction.

Strict Conditionals.

Variably Strict Conditionals.

The Limit Assumption.

'Might' Counterfactuals and Outer Modalities.

Impossible Antecedents.

True Antecedents.

Counterfactual Fallacies.

Potentialities.

2. Reformulations.

Multiple Modalities.

Propositional Quantifiers.

Comparative Similarity.

Similarity Measures.

Comparative Possibility.

Cotenability.

Selection Functions.

The Selection Operator.

3. Comparisons.

The Metalinguistic Theory: Implicit Premisis.

The Metalinguistic Theory: Factual Premises.

The Metalinguistic Theory: Laws of Nature.

Stalnaker's Theory.

4. Foundations.

Possible Worlds.

Similarity.

5. Analogies.

Conditional Obligation.

'When Next' and 'When Last'.

Contextually Definite Descriptions.

6. Logics.

Completeness Results.

Decidability Results.

Derived Modal Logics.

Appendix: Related Writings by David Lewis.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631224952
Author:
Lewis, David
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Subject:
Logic
Subject:
Counterfactuals (Logic)
Subject:
PHILOSOPHY / Logic
Subject:
Philosophical Logic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
REV
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
9.99x6.94x.70 in. .95 lbs.

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