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Classical Counterpossibles (Patrick Girard)

The Logic and Metaphysics Workshop will meet on February 8th from 4:15-6:15 (NY time) via Zoom for a talk by Patrick Girard (Auckland).

Title: Classical Counterpossibles

Abstract: We present four classical theories of counterpossibles that combine modalities and counterfactuals. Two theories are anti-vacuist and forbid vacuously true counterfactuals, two are quasi-vacuist and allow counterfactuals to be vacuously true when their antecedent is not only impossible, but also inconceivable. The theories vary on how they restrict the interaction of modalities and counterfactuals. We provide a logical cartography with precise acceptable boundaries, illustrating to what extent nonvacuism about counterpossibles can be reconciled with classical logic.

Note: this is joint work with Rohan French (UC Davis) and Dave Ripley (Monash).

Spring 2021 Schedule

The Logic and Metaphysics Workshop will be meeting on Mondays from 4:15 to 6:15 (NY time) entirely online. The provisional schedule is as follows:

Feb 1. No Meeting

Feb 8. Patrick Girard, Auckland

Feb 15. No Meeting

Feb 22. Graham Priest, CUNY

Mar 1. Shay Logan, Kansas State

Mar 8. Hitoshi Omori, Bochum

Mar 15. Eric Bayruns Garcia, CalState San Bernardino

Mar 22. Martin Pleitz, Münster

Mar 29. No Meeting

Apr 5. Federico Pailos, Buenos Aires

Apr 12. William Nava, NYU

Apr 19. Vincent A. Peluce, CUNY

Apr 26. Rohan French, UC Davis

May 3. Graziana Ciola, Radboud Nijmegen

May 10. Filippo Casati, Lehigh

May 17. No Meeting