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Tooley on Backward Causation

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DatePublished - Apr 2003
Issue number2
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)157-162
Original languageEnglish


Michael Tooley has argued that, if backward causation (of a certain kind) is possible, then a Stalnaker-Lewis account of the truth conditions of counterfactuals cannot be sound. I explain how his argument overlooks two things: first, that there may be assumed contexts in the assessment of particular counterfactuals and, second, that closeness of possible worlds is relative to the antecedent of a counterfactual. Once these are recognised, there is no threat to the Stalnaker-Lewis account.

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