Masking, Mimicking and Altering
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This chapter argues that the various counterexamples to the tracking theory ought to be ascribed to a general deficiency of the conditional analysis (CA) account: its incapacity to deal satisfactorily with masking, mimicking and altering phenomena. It explains the point more formally by reference to the semantic principle of Variable Strictness for subjunctive conditionals. The chapter argues against that view and take a few preliminary steps towards an alternative subjunctive semantics which is based on statistical considerations. It provides counter-mere-antecedent-factuals and counter-entire-factuals ambiguity and thus disambiguate the right-hand side in CA. The first step in Johnston and Martin investigation of the nature of masking, mimicking and altering consists in a clarifying discussion of the contention of the right-hand side of CA. The considerations regarding masking just rehearsed have some impact also on altering phenomena. In fact, it seems that the naive solution would be directly applicable to instances of altering.