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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However, again, we will not pursue this question here. We can now define several critical notions: On Possibly Nonexistent Propositions.

Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality Author s: Christopher Menzel – – Synthese 85 3: Sign in plantonga use this feature. For any state of affairs s and world ws obtains at w just in case w includes s.

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More Like This Show all results sharing this subject: This invites the question whether there are cogent arguments for this assumption. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy doi. This step is, therefore, consistent with Thesis A.

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. If there are no Aliens, then no such world obtains. Thus, in this first stage of the actualist treatment of modality, ordinary possibility claims are analyzed in terms of actually existing states of affairs.


Finally, I provide an actualist understanding of propositions such as null In this essay, I defend the compatibility of actualism — i. Where propositions are said to be true or false, states of affairs are said to obtain or not. A state of affairs w is a world just in case it is possible that w includes all and only states of affairs that obtain.

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Phillip Bricker – – Posdible Studies 52 3: Civil War American History: Richard Montague – – In Richmond H. This distinction is replaced by an allegedly clear distinction between aand kinds of existing states of affairs — those that obtain and those that don’t.

Axtualism a Proper Treatment of Quantification in English. Print Save Email Share. 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. History of Western Philosophy. 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.


To troubleshoot, please check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us. 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.

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Don’t have an account? As an example of actualistically acceptable abstract worlds, we draw chiefly upon Plantinga’s account.

Christopher Menzel – – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Science Logic and Mathematics. Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Antony Eagle – – In Toby Handfield ed. For the remainder of this essay, then, we assume that some actualist theory wor,ds worlds is viable and therefore concentrate our energies solely on the problems that arise in connection possible individuals rather than possible worlds.