Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 329–360

Counterfactual scorekeeping

Authors

    • Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Michigan
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10988-007-9018-6

Cite this article as:
Gillies, A.S. Linguist and Philos (2007) 30: 329. doi:10.1007/s10988-007-9018-6

Abstract

Orthodoxy has it that counterfactuals cannot be treated as strict conditionals. But there is a loophole: if the strictness is a function of context then maybe they can be so treated. I argue for a loophole analysis that treats ‘would’-counterfactuals as strict conditionals that are duals to ‘might’- counterfactuals. Most of the work lies in getting straight about the interaction between context and semantic value. I treat it as a general feature of the dynamics of conversational score.

Keywords

CounterfactualsConditionalsUpdate semantics

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