IV—Counterfactual Entailment


  • Meeting of the Aristotelian Society held at Senate House, University of London, on 21 November 2011 at 4:15 p.m.


Counterfactual Entailment is the view that a counterfactual conditional is true just in case its antecedent entails its consequent. I present an argument for Counterfactual Entailment, and I develop a strategy for explaining away apparent counterexamples to the view. The strategy appeals to the suppositional view of counterfactuals, on which a counterfactual is essentially a statement, made relative to the supposition of its antecedent, of its consequent.