|Title:||Counterfactual Reasoning and Explanatory Relations||Authors:||Deng, Duen-min||Keywords:||counterfactual reasoning; explanatory relations; possible world semantics; causal models; premise semantics||Issue Date:||2018||Publisher:||INST EUROPEAN & AMER STUDIES||Journal Volume:||48||Journal Issue:||4||Start page/Pages:||549||Source:||EURAMERICA||Abstract:||
There is an intimate connection between "counterfactual reasoning" and "explanatory relations." On the one hand, "counterfactual reasoning" plays a crucial role in helping us establish certain explanatory relations, as it is widely acknowledged that explanatory relations have counterfactual implications, by which we may test whether a given explanatory relation holds. On the other hand, explanatory relations also play a crucial role in our counterfactual reasoning. This, however, is comparatively less discussed in the literature, and it is the aim of this paper to explicate it more clearly, with a special focus on the role of explanatory relations in our understanding of counterfactual conditionals. I shall examine the alleged connection through the main semantic frameworks for counterfactual conditionals, including the possible world semantics, causal models, and the premise semantics.
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