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Counterfactual conditional: the counterfactual conditional is equivalent to unreal conditional sentences. Conditionals, in which a fact is mentioned in the antecedent, which is not the case. If A were the case, B would have been the case. Counterfactual conditionals are needed because of the indeterminacy of pointing. One cannot unequivocally single out a certain element of a situation. The counterfactual conditional tells us which element would have had to be different in order for a process under examination to have a different outcome.

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Truth theory/Equivalence/problem of extensionality/Fodor/Lepore: Problem: snow is white iff grass is green) - this T-sentence does not support counterfactual conditional: if grass were not green, snow would not be white.


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J. Fodor/E. Lepore
Holism Cambridge USA Oxford UK 1992


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