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Pleonastic possible worlds


Steinberg, Alexander (2013). Pleonastic possible worlds. Philosophical Studies, 164(3):767-789.

Abstract

The role of possible worlds in philosophy is hard to overestimate. Nevertheless, their nature and existence is very controversial. This is particularly serious, since their standard applications depend on there being sufficiently many of them. The paper develops an account of possible worlds on which it is particularly easy to believe in their existence: an account of possible worlds as pleonastic entities. Pleonastic entities are entities whose existence can be validly inferred from statements that neither refer to nor quantify over them as a matter of conceptual necessity. Definitions are proposed that ensure that this is the case for possible worlds

Abstract

The role of possible worlds in philosophy is hard to overestimate. Nevertheless, their nature and existence is very controversial. This is particularly serious, since their standard applications depend on there being sufficiently many of them. The paper develops an account of possible worlds on which it is particularly easy to believe in their existence: an account of possible worlds as pleonastic entities. Pleonastic entities are entities whose existence can be validly inferred from statements that neither refer to nor quantify over them as a matter of conceptual necessity. Definitions are proposed that ensure that this is the case for possible worlds

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Modality - Possible worlds, account of - Pleonastic entities - Schiffer, Stephen
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:03 May 2017 14:30
Last Modified:16 Feb 2018 20:08
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0031-8116
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-012-9857-z

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