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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 Higher-Order Worlds. Added to PP index Total downloads 10, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 24 18, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian. However, again, we will not pursue this question here. Reducing Possible Worlds to Language. 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, planting.

In particular, I deny that properties are set theoretical entities; something that the Aactualism Conception endorses.

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In this essay, I defend the compatibility of actualism — i. User Account Sign in. Find it on Scholar. 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.

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So far, no possible-but-nonactual objects have been introduced for the analysis of modal claims. History of Western Philosophy. Donnellan – – Philosophical Review 83 1: On Possibly Nonexistent Propositions. Supplement to Actualism An Account of Woelds Possible Worlds As an example of actualistically acceptable abstract worlds, we draw chiefly upon Plantinga’s account.

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Recently viewed 1 Actualism and Possible We can now define several critical notions: Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: This article has no associated abstract. Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. This step is, therefore, consistent with Thesis A. An individual x exists in ajd w just in case the state of affairs x’s existing obtains at w. Request removal from index.

Gabriel Uzquiano – – Philosophy Compass 10 4: Actualisj Speaks – – Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85 3: But, again, we will not pursue this question here. Thus, in this first stage of the actualist treatment of modality, ordinary possibility claims are analyzed in terms of actually existing states of affairs.

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Reina Hayaki – – Philosophical Studies 2: This distinction is replaced by an allegedly clear distinction between two kinds of existing states of affairs — plwntinga that obtain and those that don’t. Importantly, note that a state of affairs can exist without obtaining, just as a proposition can exist without being true.

Chad Carmichael – – Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 92 2: Where propositions are said pissible be true or false, states of affairs are said to obtain or not. As an example of actualistically acceptable abstract worlds, we draw chiefly upon Plantinga’s account.

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Print Save Cite Email Share. Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Show More Show Less Keywords: No keywords specified fix it. 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.