Between Ockhamism and the Thin Red Line

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Alex Peter Malpass

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In this paper we will put forward a novel semantics for future contingents. The idea behind the semantics is to be a compromise position between the ‘Ockhamist’ semantics, first put forward by Prior [1966], Thomason [1970] etc., and a version of the Thin Red Line (TRL) semantics recently proposed by Malpass and Wawer [2012]. The new position is able to represent alternative possibilities in two different ways, as actual or counterfactual, which corresponds to a similar distinction in two-dimensional semantics between the primary and secondary intension. We prove a theorem about the notion of validity that results from the new definition, which in the context of the literature about TRL-theories and Ockhamism has some significance.

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Malpass, Alex Peter. 2016. “Between Ockhamism and the Thin Red Line”. Diametros, no. 48 (June):55-70. https://doi.org/10.13153/diam.48.2016.891.
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Alex Peter Malpass, University of Bristol

Alex Peter Malpass, PhDUniversity of Bristol, UKUniversity of BristolDepartment of PhilosophyCotham HouseUniversity of BristolBristolBS6 6JL
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