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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States of affairs, like propositions, are taken to be necessary beings on this account.

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For any state of affairs s and world ws obtains at w just in case w includes s. Phillip Bricker – – Philosophical Studies 52 3: Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. This contingency is usually described by the statement “there is a possible world in which Sherlock Holmes exists”. Please, subscribe or login to access full text content. Find it on Scholar. In this essay, I defend the compatibility of actualism — i. Hence, they argue, there are innumerably many possible worlds other than our own, which exist just as much as ours does.

User Account Sign in. Print Save Cite Email Share. Request removal from index. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy doi. 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. Thus, in this first stage of the actualist treatment of worlxs, ordinary possibility claims are analyzed in terms of actually existing states of affairs. Modal Truthmakers and Two Varieties of Actualism.

Postulating objects with modal properties such acttualism this seems less objectionable to the actualist than postulating objects with the modal properties described at the beginning of this paragraph. Since it is maximally 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.


We can now define several critical notions: Print Save Email Share. If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian. That the latter distinction is more intelligible than the former ones ans often just assumed by the actualist without argument. Actualism and Possibilism in Metaphysics categorize this paper.

Actualism and Possible Worlds

Show More Show Less Keywords: I begin by demonstrating how on the Canonical Conception of possible worlds one is committed to the idea that there are, or could have been, nonexistent objects.

I then develop an actualist conception of possible worlds, properties, and essences. Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: All Title Author Keyword. To troubleshoot, please check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us.

Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: An important, but significantly different notion of possibilism known as modal realism was developed by the philosopher David Lewis. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

According to the indexical conception of actuality, favoured by Lewisactuality is an attribute which our world has relative to itself, but which all the other worlds have relative to themselves too. But, again, we will not pursue this question here. Most actualists will be happy to grant the interpretation of “Sherlock Holmes’ existence is possible” in terms of possible worlds.

The possibilist argues that apparent existential claims such as this that “there are” possible worlds of various sorts ought to be taken more or less at face value: A world w is actual just in case w obtains. Alvin Plantinga University of Notre Dame. Importantly, note that a state of affairs can exist without obtaining, just as a proposition can exist without being true.


Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO worlss personal use for details see www. More Like This Show all results sharing this subject: Show More Show Less. Actuaism, 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.

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.

In particular, I deny that properties are set theoretical entities; something that the Canonical Conception endorses. So, from this point of view, what distinguishes the actual world from other possible worlds is what distinguishes reality from a description of a simulation of reality, this world from Sherlock Holmes’: 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.

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. Therefore, as Lewis is 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.

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