Counterfactuals and historical possibility


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PLACEK, Tomasz, Thomas MÜLLER, 2007. Counterfactuals and historical possibility. In: Synthese. 154(2), pp. 173-197. ISSN 0039-7857. eISSN 1573-0964

@article{Placek2007Count-27126, title={Counterfactuals and historical possibility}, year={2007}, doi={10.1007/s11229-005-0617-x}, number={2}, volume={154}, issn={0039-7857}, journal={Synthese}, pages={173--197}, author={Placek, Tomasz and Müller, Thomas} }

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