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Knowledge of counterfactuals

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The talk will begin with some brief comments on the cognitive value to us of thinking in terms of counterfactual conditionals, including their use in inference to the best explanation. Accounts of their epistemology in terms of reasoning and simulation will then be considered. Finally, a moral will be drawn for the distinction between a priori and a posteriori knowledge.

This talk is part of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science series.

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