What Might Be and What Might Have Been (Schnieder, Schulz, Steinberg)

Forthcoming in a collection on P. F. Strawson.

Abstract: The article is an extended comment on Strawson’s neglected paper ‘Maybes and Might Have Beens’, in which he suggests that both statements about what may be the case and statements about what might have been the case can be understood epistemically. We argue that Strawson is right about the first sort of statements but wrong about the second. Finally, we discuss some of Strawson’s claims which are related to positions of Origin Essentialism.