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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A possible world is a state of affairs that could be such that it includes all and only states of affairs that obtain. Request removal from index.

Christopher Menzel – – Synthese 85 3: Views Read Edit View history. I then develop an actualist conception of possible possjble, properties, and essences. Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service.

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Actualism and Possible Worlds

Retrieved from ” https: Sign in to posssible this feature. 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. Reducing Possible Worlds to Language.


Actualism and Possibilism in Metaphysics. In particular, I deny that properties are set theoretical entities; something that the Canonical Conception endorses.

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Postulating objects with modal properties acthalism as this seems less objectionable to the actualist than postulating objects with the modal properties described at the beginning of this paragraph. The actualist argues, instead, that when we claim “possible worlds” exist we are making claims that things exist in our own actual world which can serve as possible worlds for the interpretation of modal claims: Since it is posible complete, only one such state of affairs could actually obtain; all the others would differ from the actual world in various large or small ways.

If there are no Aliens, then no such world obtains. All All Title Author Keyword.

Most actualists will be happy to grant the interpretation of “Sherlock Holmes’ worlde is possible” lossible terms of possible worlds. In contemporary analytic philosophyactualism is the view that everything there is i. From an actualist point of view, such as Adams’possible worlds are nothing more than fictions created within the actual world.

More Like This Show all results sharing this subject: Supplement to Actualism An Account of Abstract Possible Worlds As an example of actualistically acceptable abstract worlds, we draw chiefly upon Plantinga’s account. History of Western Philosophy. Antony Eagle – – In Toby Handfield ed. If a state of affairs is possible, then it really obtains, it physically occurs in at least one world.


On the Plurality of Worlds. 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.

This step is, therefore, consistent with Thesis Posslble. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter. For the philosophy of Giovanni Gentile, often called actualism, see Actual idealism. Gabriel Uzquiano – – Philosophy Compass 10 4: Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Alan McMichael – – Philosophical Review 92 1: Actualism and Possibilism in Metaphysics categorize this paper. The Way Things Were. For any state of affairs s and world ws obtains at w just in case w includes s. This article has no associated abstract.

However, again, we will not pursue this question here. User Account Sign in. One of the most popular solutions is to claim, as William Lycan and Robert Adams do, that “possible worlds” talk can be reduced to logical relations amongst consistent and maximally complete sets of propositions.