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By Matt Teichman
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I really enjoy your podcast. How about an episode on counterfactual conditionals and how they are applied. I majored in history but your podcast makes philosophy interesting. Counterfactuals are one topic that I find difficult.
Thanks for listening! Very glad to hear you enjoy the podcast. We’ve actually just recorded a whole episode on counterfactuals with Paolo Santorio, though it isn’t going to come out for a while. (Paolo’s work on counterfactuals is superb.) I can definitely see why you’d be interested in counterfactuals as a historian! There’s been some interesting work on the role of counterfactuals in historiography specficially, which I can try to dig up the references on if you’re interested.
In the meanwhile, here’s a paper on counterfactuals that I really like:
If you find that one too formal/technical, the opening two chapters of David Lewis’ book, Counterfactuals, are a little more accessible and always a lot of fun to read. Hopefully as the field develops, more people will step up to the plate and write some fully introductory textbook-style material on some of these core topics in philosophical logic.
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