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E. M. Anscombe happen make it untrue that you are here? If not, I go on to ask: Could anything that can happen make it untrue that the sun rises tomorrow? No. If we continued in darkness, the appearance of the night being continued for the rest of our lives, all the same the sun will have risen; and so on? But that can't happen. Is that as certain as that you are here now? I won't say. -But what does Aristotle mean when he says that one part of the antiphasis is necessarily true (or false) when it is the present or the past that was in question?
Pro I 29, 45b31-32. Having just explained how the different kinds of assertoric syllogisms are established, Aristotle goes on to say that apodeictic (necessary) and problematic (possible) syllogisms are established in the same way. But he adds a warning: In the case of problematic propositions, however, we must include those terms which, although they do not apply, might possibly do so; for it has been shown that the problematic syllogism is effected by means of these .... (H. Tredennick's translation in the Loeb Library edition) Prima facie this is completely tautologous.
But Aristotle says it isn't true that it is going to rain tomorrowl B. I did not read a single prediction in what Aristotle said. e. it doesn't have to rain tomorrow. A. What? Even if it is going to rain tomorrow? B. Oh, of course, if it is going to rain tomorrow, then it necessarily will rain tomorrow: (I? ::;) p) is necessary. But is it going to? A. I told you, I can't say, not for certain. But why does that matter? B. Can't you say anything for certain about tomorrow? A. I am going to Blackwell's tomorrow.