power, counterfactual

power, counterfactual
   To possess counterfactual power over a state of affairs is to possess the power to do something such that, were one to do it, the state of affairs in question would obtain, and the power to do something such that, were one to do it, the state of affairs in question would not obtain. Counterfactual power is thus weaker than causal power. Many Christian philosophers claim that we have counterfactual power over the past.
   Further reading: Dekker 2000; Flint 1998; Hasker, Basinger and Dekker 2000; Plantinga 1974b

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