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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Actualism and Possible Worlds : Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality – oi

So far, no possible-but-nonactual objects have been introduced for the analysis of modal claims. Science Logic and Mathematics. All Title Author Keyword. Show More Show Less. Richard Montague – – In Richmond H.

Postulating 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.

Actualism and Higher-Order Worlds.

Alan McMichael – – Philosophical Review 92 1: If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian. Added to PP index Total downloads 10, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 24 18, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? 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 worlds.


Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: This distinction is replaced by an allegedly clear distinction between two kinds of existing states of affairs — those that obtain and those that don’t. Classical, Early, and Medieval World History: On Possibly Nonexistent Propositions.

This latter point about the actualist theory of worlds brings us to the second step of their treatment of modality, namely, how to analyze ordinary modal claims that seem to require such possible individuals as possible million carat diamonds, possible talking donkeys, possible Aliens, etc. That the latter distinction is more intelligible than the former ones is often just assumed by the actualist without argument. Gabriel Uzquiano – – Philosophy Compass 10 4: Print Save Cite Email Share.

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Actualism and Possible Worlds

If there are no Aliens, possuble no such world obtains. But, again, we will not pursue this question here. Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Antony Eagle – – In Toby Handfield ed.

Donnellan – – Philosophical Review 83 1: Alvin Plantinga University of Notre Dame. This article has no associated abstract. Users without a subscription pplantinga not able to see the full content.

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We can now define several critical notions: 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 Prose and Writers: