Why historians (and everyone else) should care about counterfactuals

Nolan, Daniel (2013) Why historians (and everyone else) should care about counterfactuals. Philosophical Studies, 163 2: 317-335. doi:10.1007/s11098-011-9817-z


Author Nolan, Daniel
Title Why historians (and everyone else) should care about counterfactuals
Journal name Philosophical Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-8116
1573-0883
Publication date 2013-03-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11098-011-9817-z
Volume 163
Issue 2
Start page 317
End page 335
Total pages 19
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Formatted abstract
There are at least eight good reasons practicing historians should concern themselves with counterfactual claims. Furthermore, four of these reasons do not even require that we are able to tell which historical counterfactuals are true and which are false. This paper defends the claim that these reasons to be concerned with counterfactuals are good ones, and discusses how each can contribute to the practice of history.
Keyword Philosophy of history
Counterfactuals
Conditionals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 30 September 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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