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CUNY Colloq: Michael Strevens

April 5, 2017 @ 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Each colloquium will be held on Wednesday at 4:15 P.M in GC rooms 9204/9205, except as otherwise noted.

April 5th
Michael Strevens (NYU)
“Why Care about Counterfactual Support?”


Abstract: It seems very important to us whether or not a generalization offers counterfactual support — but why? Surely what happens in other possible worlds can neither help nor hurt us? This paper explores the question whether counterfactual support does, nevertheless, have some practical value. The suggestion that counterfactual support matters for decision-making is rejected. An alternative is then proposed: that caring about counterfactual support draws our attention to aspects of the world that make us better predictors of actual regularities.


April 5, 2017
4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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