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Morgenbesser's coin and counterfactuals with true components

Morgenbesser's coin and counterfactuals with true components
Morgenbesser's coin and counterfactuals with true components
Is A & C sufficient for the truth of ‘if A were the case, C would be the case’? Jonathan Bennett thinks not and produces a putative counterexample. But I argue that anyone who accepts the case of Morgenbesser's coin, as Bennett does, should reject Bennett’s counterexample. Moreover, I show that the principle underlying Bennett’s counterexample is unmotivated and indeed false. More generally, I argue that Morgenbesser’s coin commits us to the sufficiency of A & C for the truth of the corresponding counterfactual.
365-379
Walters, Lee
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Walters, Lee
6588848d-16fa-41f1-a94b-c339c3428c13

Walters, Lee (2009) Morgenbesser's coin and counterfactuals with true components. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 109 (3), 365-379. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9264.2009.00275.x).

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Is A & C sufficient for the truth of ‘if A were the case, C would be the case’? Jonathan Bennett thinks not and produces a putative counterexample. But I argue that anyone who accepts the case of Morgenbesser's coin, as Bennett does, should reject Bennett’s counterexample. Moreover, I show that the principle underlying Bennett’s counterexample is unmotivated and indeed false. More generally, I argue that Morgenbesser’s coin commits us to the sufficiency of A & C for the truth of the corresponding counterfactual.

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Published date: November 2009
Organisations: Philosophy

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Local EPrints ID: 355641
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/355641
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Date deposited: 03 Sep 2013 10:22
Last modified: 02 Dec 2019 20:49

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