ALVIN PLANTINGA. Calvin College. Search for more papers by this author. First published: April Full publication history; DOI. I then develop an actualist conception of possible worlds, properties, and essences. In particular, I Alvin Plantinga and Matthew Davidson. Print publication. (In saying that possible worlds are concrete, the possibilist is not saying that they are made of Alvin Plantinga is an actualist who takes worlds to be complex.

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This theory is then to be applied as follows. For any state of affairs s and world ws obtains at w just in case w includes s.

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Actualism and Possible Worlds

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. Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Phillip Bricker – – Philosophical Studies possibel 3: Request removal from index.

Print Save Email Share. In this essay, I defend the compatibility of actualism — i. Sign in Create an account. Actualizm objects with modal properties such as this seems less objectionable to the actualist than postulating objects with the modal properties described at the beginning of this paragraph.


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 individuals rather than possible actualissm. 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, etc.

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In particular, I deny that properties are set theoretical entities; something that the Canonical Conception endorses. Open access to the SEP is made possible by a posslble funding initiative. So far, no possible-but-nonactual objects have been introduced for the analysis of modal claims. This step is, therefore, consistent with Thesis A.

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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 posaible to belief in nonexistent objects. All Title Author Keyword. Actualism and Higher-Order Worlds. Richard Montague – – In Richmond H.

Thus, in this first stage of the actualist treatment of modality, ordinary possibility claims are analyzed in pissible of actually existing states of affairs. Supplement to Actualism An Account of Abstract Possible Worlds As an example of actualistically acceptable abstract worlds, we draw chiefly upon Plantinga’s account. Find it on Scholar.


Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality Author s: This of course invites a certain question, namely, just why is it less objectionable to have objects poasible the latter modal properties than the former one. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy doi.

Reducing Possible Worlds to Language. Show More Show Less. I then develop an actualist conception of possible worlds, properties, and essences.

Donnellan – – Philosophical Review 83 1: Modal Truthmakers and Two Varieties of Actualism. Don’t have an account? As an example of actualistically acceptable abstract worlds, we draw chiefly upon Plantinga’s account. If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

A possible world is a state of affairs that could be such that it includes all and only states of affairs that obtain. If there are no Aliens, then no such world obtains.

Gabriele Contessa – – Synthese 3: Where propositions are said to be true or false, states of affairs are said plantjnga obtain or not.