Zoom Talk: Andrew Bacon (University of Southern California)
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Counterfactuals in Thought
There’s an important connection between facts of the form making A true is better for me than making B true and facts about how good things would be for me had A been true and how good things would have been had B been true. However, it’s commonly assumed that the direction of analysis and explanation goes from the latter sorts of facts to the former. I will deny this, and develop a view according to which the counterfactual is defined by its role in thought.
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