[SydPhil] Reminder: Paolo Santorio (Leeds) @ Wed 4 Sep 2013 15:30 - 18:00 (Seminars)

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Title: Paolo Santorio (Leeds)
Remodeling Counterfactuals

The semantic views of counterfactuals that are dominant in philosophy are  
versions of Stalnaker/Lewis closeness accounts. These accounts make  
essential use of an ordering of worlds: roughly, counterfactuals quantify  
over antecedent worlds that are closest to the actual world, according to  
this ordering. Yet it can be shown that any semantics that relies on a  
stable ordering of worlds runs into serious problems. I explore how to  
solve these difficulties via an extended analogy with the causal modeling  
framework developed by Pearl and others. It turns out that a promising  
semantics for counterfactuals will involve shifts of ordering triggered by  
the antecedent. This has an important impact on the logic of  
counterfactuals, and seems to shed some light on the general notion of a  
counterfactual supposition.
When: Wed 4 Sep 2013 15:30 – 18:00 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: S401, Level 4, via Lobby B (or Southern Vestibule), Quadrangle  
Building, University Place, The University of Sydney.
Calendar: Seminars
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