Paths of the Might have Been
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Christopher Prendergast take us on a dizzying exploratory journey through some of these intellectual and human landscapes, mobilizing a wide range of reference from antiquity to the present, and sustained by the belief that, whether as help or hindrance, and with many variations across cultures, counterfactual thinking and imagining are fundamental to what it is to be human.
Introduction: The Conjectural Breeze of Time
Chapter One: A Naile, a Nose and a Traitor
Chapter Two: Just the Facts, Ma'am
Chapter Three: Flying Blind: Angelus Novus and Allegory of Prudence
Chapter Four: Crossroads: Three Tales, Three Gamblers
Chapter Five: Looking Back: from Metanoia to Buyer's Regret
Chapter Six: Not, Never or Forever Being Me
Chapter Seven: On the Run with Fernando Pessoa
We all use counterfactuals whether we are aware of it or not. But what are they? Counterfactuals introduces and explores both the history of the idea and contemporary use of counterfactuals in our everyday lives.