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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In this account, we replace the possibilist idea of merely possible actualismm 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. Added to PP index Total downloads 10, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 24 18, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Donnellan – – Philosophical Review 83 1: Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: I then develop an actualist conception of possible worlds, properties, and essences.

Furthermore, in putting forward this lossible, 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, etc. In this essay, I defend the compatibility of actualism — i.

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Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality Author s: 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: For the philosophy of Giovanni Gentile, often called actualism, see Actual idealism. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy doi. We can now define several critical notions: This contingency is usually described by the statement “there is a possible world in which Sherlock Holmes exists”.


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However, again, we will not pursue this question here. Importantly, note that a state of affairs can exist without obtaining, just as a proposition can exist without being true.

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An important, but significantly different notion of possibilism known as modal realism was developed by the philosopher David Lewis. Antony Eagle – – In Toby Handfield ed. Actuality is an intrinsic property of each world, so world w is actual just at world w. Finally, I provide an actualist understanding of propositions actualixm as null From an actualist point possible view, such as Adams’possible worlds are nothing more than fictions created within the actual world.

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. But, again, we will not pursue this question here. Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

No keywords specified fix it. 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.


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. Sign in Create an account.

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. This article has no associated abstract. Modal Truthmakers and Two Varieties of Actualism. User Account Sign in.

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.

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Actualism and Possible Worlds

If there are no Aliens, then no such world obtains. That the latter distinction is more intelligible than the former ones is often just assumed by the actualist without argument.

All All Title Author Keyword. This invites the question whether there are cogent arguments for this assumption. Hence, they argue, there are innumerably many possible worlds other than our own, which exist just as much as ours does. Reducing Possible Worlds to Language.

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