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.

Author: Mauramar Zulkirisar
Country: Sao Tome and Principe
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Music
Published (Last): 8 August 2005
Pages: 411
PDF File Size: 15.59 Mb
ePub File Size: 19.85 Mb
ISBN: 729-7-18844-257-3
Downloads: 6949
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Vudomuro

A possible world is a state of affairs that could be such that it includes all and only states of affairs that obtain. In this poxsible, 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. See details in Oxford Index.

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

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.

Sign in Create an account. In putting worlfs this theory, the actualist takes herself to be replacing an obscure distinction between two modes of being — possible existence and actual existence — with an intelligible distinction. Plaantinga 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. Finally, I provide an actualist understanding of propositions such as null Modal Truthmakers and Two Varieties of Actualism.


History of Western Philosophy. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. As an example of actualistically acceptable abstract worlds, we draw chiefly upon Plantinga’s account. Alvin Plantinga University of Notre Dame.

This distinction is replaced by an allegedly clear distinction between two kinds of zctualism states of affairs — those that obtain and those that don’t.

Chad Carmichael – – Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 92 2: If there are no Aliens, then no such world obtains. Antony Eagle – – In Toby Handfield ed. Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality.

Christopher Menzel – – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Publications Pages Publications Pages. Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. Gabriele Contessa – – Synthese 3: Civil War American History: This article has no associated abstract.

Presentation. Alvin Plantinga. Actualism and Possible Worlds by Aydin Mohseni on Prezi

States of affairs, like propositions, are taken to be necessary beings on this account. In this essay, I defend the compatibility of actualism — i. 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.


A world w is actual just in case w obtains.

Donnellan – – Philosophical Review 83 1: University Press Scholarship Online. If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian. Thus, in this first stage of the qnd treatment of modality, ordinary possibility claims are analyzed in terms of actually existing states of affairs. No keywords specified fix it. Furthermore, in putting forward this theory, the actualist has not invoked any objects which have such modal properties as being a workds million carat diamond, being a possible talking donkey, being a possible Alien, etc.

Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality Author s: Print Save Cite Email Share.

Actualism and Possible Worlds

Phillip Bricker – – Philosophical Studies 52 3: An individual x exists in world w just in case the state of affairs x’s existing obtains at w. Users without a subscription are not able plabtinga see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access full text content. User Account Sign in. Alvin Plantinga Contributor Webpage Publisher: Actualism and Possibilism in Metaphysics.