Gundersen on Counterfactuals and Tracking

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In a recent article, Lars Bo Gundersen has suggested a new semantics for counterfactuals (2004). The new semantics gives up on the idea that the actual world must be at the center of world orderings. Instead, statistically normal worlds are at the center. Part of the motivation for this idea is that a very influentialaccount of knowledge, so-called 'tracking accounts, seem right, but suffer serious problems with more traditional semantics for counterfactualsl. Gundersen s semantics, if correct, helps tracking accounts with certain problems, but leads to new problems that seem intractable. So while Gundersens semantics might be correct, those who endorse tracking accounts of knowledge should be loath to endorse it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-171
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005


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