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Fig. 2

From: Hasteners and delayers: why rains don’t cause fires

Fig. 2

The solid line–as in the previous graph—indicates how E’s degree of security evolves over time in the actual world. The dotted line, on the other hand, indicates how E’s degree of security evolves from time t onwards in the closest possible world where C does not occur. (The figure does not show how E’s degree of security evolves until time t in the closest not-C-world; the reason for this is that my preferred way of evaluating counterfactuals simply remains silent on what happens in the closest not-C-world until the relevant time t.) Since the dotted line lies below the solid line at time t, the diagram shows that E is less secure at t in the closest not-C-world than it is in the actual world, and thus E security-depends positively on C. Note that since E still occurs in the closest not-C-world, E does not depend counterfactually on C in this example

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