Counterfactuals and Probability by Moritz SchulzCounterfactuals and Probability by Moritz Schulz

Counterfactuals and Probability

byMoritz Schulz

Hardcover | March 4, 2017

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Moritz Schulz explores counterfactual thought and language: what would have happened if things had gone a different way. Counterfactual questions may concern large scale derivations (what would have happened if Nixon had launched a nuclear attack) or small scale evaluations of minorderivations (what would have happened if I had decided to join a different profession). A common impression, which receives a thorough defence in the book, is that oftentimes we find it impossible to know what would have happened. However, this does not mean that we are completely at a loss: we aretypically capable of evaluating counterfactual questions probabilistically: we can say what would have been likely or unlikely to happen. Schulz describes these probabilistic ways of evaluating counterfactual questions and turns the data into a novel account of the workings of counterfactual thought.
Moritz Schulz studied Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Hamburg before completing a BPhil at Oxford University. Shultz received his PhD from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2011. Since then, he completed a post-doc at the University of Barcelona and acted as an assistant at the University of Tubingen before taking up...
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Title:Counterfactuals and ProbabilityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.03 inPublished:March 4, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019878595X

ISBN - 13:9780198785958

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Problem of Evaluating Counterfactuals3. Counterfactual Chances4. A Puzzle About Counterfactuals5. Restriction and Modification6. Counterfactuals and Arbitrariness7. Applications8. Triviality9. Concluding Remarks