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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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Actualism and Possible Worlds – Oxford Scholarship

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. Actualism and Higher-Order Worlds. Modal Actyalism and Two Varieties of Actualism.

For the philosophy of Giovanni Gentile, often called actualism, see Actual idealism. But they argue that the possibilist goes wrong in taking this as a sign that there exist other worlds that are just like ours, except for the fact that we are not actually in them.

Alan McMichael – – Philosophical Review 92 1: Gabriel Uzquiano – – Philosophy Compass actualidm 4: But, again, we will not pursue this question here. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use for details see www.


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

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If there are no Aliens, then no such world obtains. Science Logic and Mathematics.

From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy doi. The Nature of Necessity. Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Alvin Plantinga University of Notre Dame.

Show More Show Less Keywords: An important, but significantly different notion of possibilism known as actualismm realism was developed by the philosopher David Lewis. Actuality is an intrinsic property of each world, so world w is actual just at world w.

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

If a state of affairs is possible, then it really obtains, it physically occurs in at least one world.

Actualism and Possible Worlds

In putting forward this theory, the actualist takes herself to be replacing an obscure distinction between two modes of being — possible existence and actual existence — with an intelligible distinction. Print Save Email Share. To troubleshoot, please check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us.


Retrieved from ” https: In this account, we replace the possibilist idea of merely possible worlds with that of a certain type of state of affairs alternatively, a certain type of proposition which exists but fails to obtain alternatively, fails to be true.

For any state of affairs s and world ws obtains at w just in case w includes s. So, from this point of view, what distinguishes ppssible actual world from other possible worlds is what distinguishes reality from a description of a simulation of reality, this world from Sherlock Holmes’: Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality.

Mirror Sites View this site from another server: That the latter distinction is more intelligible than the former ones is often just assumed by the possiblw without argument.

Richard Montague – – In Richmond H. Show More Show Less. Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Gabriele Contessa – – Synthese 3: 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 wotlds rather than possible worlds.

This theory is then to be applied as follows.