ADAMS, ROBERT. “Theories of actuality.”. Noûs, Vol. 8 (), pp. – CrossRef. CASTANEDA, HECTOR-NERI. “Individuation and. In this essay, I defend the compatibility of actualism – i.e., the view that there neither are, nor could have been, any nonexistent objects – and possible worlds. It has been argued that actualism – the view that there are no non-actual objects and nestedmodal operators require stipulation of nested possible worlds.

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Consider the statement ” Sherlock Holmes exists. Other possible worlds exist in exactly the same sense as the actual world; they are simply spatio-temporally unrelated to our world, and to each other. Please, subscribe or login to access full text content. Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. Publications Pages Publications Pages.

Sign in Create an account. Print Save Email Share. Possible worlds are mere descriptions of ways this world the actual one might have been, and nothing else. If you sctualism you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

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Sign in to use this feature. As an example of actualistically acceptable abstract worlds, we draw chiefly upon Plantinga’s account. Chad Carmichael – – Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 92 2: For the remainder of this essay, then, we assume that some actualist theory of worlds is viable and therefore concentrate our energies solely on the problems that arise in connection possible individuals rather than possible worlds.


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Show More Show Less Keywords: Modal Truthmakers and Two Varieties of Actualism. Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: So far, no possible-but-nonactual objects have been introduced for the analysis of modal claims.

This latter point about the actualist theory of worlds brings us to the second step of their treatment of modality, namely, how to analyze ordinary modal claims that seem to require such possible individuals as possible million carat diamonds, possible talking donkeys, possible Aliens, etc.

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This theory is then to be applied as follows. University Press Scholarship Online. To troubleshoot, please check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us. I then develop an actualist conception of possible worlds, properties, and essences. Finally, I provide an actualist understanding of propositions such as there could have an object distinct from each object that actually exists — an understanding that does not commit one to belief in nonexistent objects.

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States of affairs, like propositions, are taken to be necessary beings on this account. An important, but significantly different notion of possibilism known as modal realism was developed by the philosopher David Lewis.

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The Nature of Necessity. Postulating objects with modal properties such as this seems less objectionable to the actualist than postulating objects with the modal properties described at the beginning of this paragraph. This invites the question whether there are cogent arguments for this assumption.


Mirror Sites View this site from another server: Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter. Therefore, as Lewis actalism happy to admit, there is a world where someone named Sherlock Holmes lived at b Baker Street in Victorian times, there is another world where pigs fly, and there is even another world where both Sherlock Holmes exists and pigs fly.

Christopher Menzel – – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Thus, as modal constructions, they come in as a handy heuristic possiblw to use with modal logic; as it helps our modal reasoning to imagine ways the world might have been. Here, the “possible world” which is said to be actual is actual in virtue of that state of affairs obtaining in the world around us. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.

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User Account Sign in. Print Save Cite Email Share. But, again, we will not pursue this question here.