Backtracking counterfactuals, revisited.

Justin Khoo

23 Jan, 4pm-5:30pm, LH 306

I discuss three observations about backtracking counterfactuals not predicted by existing theories of counterfactuals, and then motivate a theory of counterfactuals that does predict them. On my theory, counterfactuals quantify over a suitably restricted set of historical possibilities from some contextually relevant past time. I motivate each feature of the theory relevant to predicting our three observations about backtracking counterfactuals.