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The Ins and Outs of Counterfactual Switching

The Ins and Outs of Counterfactual Switching 1. The problem and the program for this paper. Kripke, in explaining how he understands talk of possibility and explaining why there is no problem of “transworld identity” wrote the following about the possible cases we entertain when we roll two dice: Nor should any school pupil receive high marks for the question “How do we know, in the state where die A is six and die B is five, whether it is die A or die B which is six? Don’t we need a ‘criterion of transstate identity’ to identify the die with a six—not the die with a five—with our die A?” The answer is, of course, that the state die A, 6; die B, 5 is given as such and distinguished from the state die B, 6; die A, 5 . The demand for some further ‘criterion of transstate identity’ is so confused that no competent schoolchild would be so perversely philosophical as to make it. The ‘possibilities’ simply are not given qualitatively....If they had been, there would have been just twenty-one distinct possibilities, not thirty-six. 1992, pp. 17 Yet it seems to a number of us that problems connected with quantum statistics and with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nous Wiley

The Ins and Outs of Counterfactual Switching

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Wiley
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Blackwell Publishers Inc. 2001
ISSN
0029-4624
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1468-0068
DOI
10.1111/0029-4624.00302
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1. The problem and the program for this paper. Kripke, in explaining how he understands talk of possibility and explaining why there is no problem of “transworld identity” wrote the following about the possible cases we entertain when we roll two dice: Nor should any school pupil receive high marks for the question “How do we know, in the state where die A is six and die B is five, whether it is die A or die B which is six? Don’t we need a ‘criterion of transstate identity’ to identify the die with a six—not the die with a five—with our die A?” The answer is, of course, that the state die A, 6; die B, 5 is given as such and distinguished from the state die B, 6; die A, 5 . The demand for some further ‘criterion of transstate identity’ is so confused that no competent schoolchild would be so perversely philosophical as to make it. The ‘possibilities’ simply are not given qualitatively....If they had been, there would have been just twenty-one distinct possibilities, not thirty-six. 1992, pp. 17 Yet it seems to a number of us that problems connected with quantum statistics and with

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