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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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This of course invites a certain question, namely, just why is it less objectionable to have objects with the latter modal properties than the former one. Request removal from index. If a state of affairs is wworlds, then it really obtains, it physically occurs in at least one world. Science Logic and Mathematics. 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.

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As an example of actualistically acceptable abstract worlds, we draw chiefly upon Plantinga’s account. Hence, for Lewis, “merely possible” entities—entities that exist in other possible worlds—exist in exactly the same sense as do we in the actual world; to be actual, from the perspective of any given individual x in any possible world, is simply to be part of the same world as x.

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Find it on Scholar. Here, the “possible world” which is said actyalism be actual is actual in virtue of that state of affairs obtaining in the world around us.

Hence, they argue, there are innumerably many possible worlds other than our own, which exist just as much as ours does. Open access to the SEP is made possible by a powsible funding initiative.

Sign in Create an account. I then develop an actualist conception of possible worlds, properties, and essences. In particular, I deny that properties are set theoretical entities; something that the Canonical Conception endorses. Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: If there are no Aliens, then no such world obtains. Actualism and Possibilism in Metaphysics categorize this paper. Modal Truthmakers and Two Varieties of Actualism.

This article has no associated abstract. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy doi. A state of affairs w is a world just in case it is possible that w includes all and only states of affairs that obtain.

Actualism and Possible Worlds

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The Way Things Were. A world w is actual just in case w obtains. We can now define several critical notions: Another common actualist account, advanced in different forms by Alvin Plantinga and David Armstrong views “possible worlds” not as descriptions of how the world might be through a very large set of statements but rather as a maximally complete state of affairs that covers every state of affairs which might obtain or not obtain.

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Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: Reducing Possible Worlds to Language. More Like This Show all results sharing this subject: So far, no possible-but-nonactual objects have been introduced for the analysis of modal claims.

Publications Pages Publications Pages. I begin by demonstrating how on the Canonical Conception of possible worlds one is committed to the idea that there are, or could have actuxlism, nonexistent objects.

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Print Save Email Share. University Press Scholarship Online. Added to PP index Total downloads 10, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 24 18, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Furthermore, in putting forward this theory, the actualist has not invoked any objects which have such modal properties as being a possible million carat diamond, being a possible talking donkey, being a possible Alien, ajd. Show More Show Less Keywords: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Most actualists will be happy to grant the interpretation of “Sherlock Holmes’ existence is possible” in terms of possible worlds.