chapter  3
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Classifying conditionals II

I take it that E.J. Lowe's principal objection is to the use I made of this argument to drive a wedge between past indicative conditionals and past subjunctive conditionals. 1 I sought to drive that wedge by arguing that Sly Pete examples could not be used to show that (Support) and (Conditional non-contradiction) were incompatible in the case of past subjunctive conditionals. I think that Lowe is right that the reason I gave for saying that the argument failed in the case of past subjunctive conditionals was mistaken. But I think, nevertheless, that the argument does fail for past subjunctive conditionals, and in a way which supports my contention in Chapter 2 that Sly Pete examples show that there is an important difference between past indicative and past subjunctive conditionals.