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Possible Worlds presents the first up-to-date and comprehensive examination and assessment of all the issues pertaining to realism about possible worlds. John Divers examines prevalent philosophical positions and subjects them to a detailed exposition and evaluation, including extensive discussions of genuine and actualist realists. This is a comprehensive, critical account of forty years of literature on realism about possible worlds, enhanced by many original developments and insights, and will prove a valuable...
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Overview

Possible Worlds presents the first up-to-date and comprehensive examination and assessment of all the issues pertaining to realism about possible worlds. John Divers examines prevalent philosophical positions and subjects them to a detailed exposition and evaluation, including extensive discussions of genuine and actualist realists. This is a comprehensive, critical account of forty years of literature on realism about possible worlds, enhanced by many original developments and insights, and will prove a valuable introduction to the topic.
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'An impressive work ... It provides a systematic and comprehensive discussion that will be of great help for all doing research in the area, and would make the basis for a great graduate seminar. Highly recommended!' - Mind
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203995013
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 8/29/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

John Divers is senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Leeds. He has written many journal articles on modality and analytic philosophy which have appeared in journals such as Mind, Nous, Synthese, Philosophical Studies, Analysis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy and the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. I Introduction 1
1 Where possible-world talk is used 3
2 What possible-world talk means 15
3 Why possible-world talk is used 26
Pt. II Genuine realism 41
4 Genuine realism: exposition and applications 43
5 Genuine realism: quantification over non-actuals 59
6 Genuine realism: worlds 86
7 Genuine realism: unanalysed modality 106
8 Genuine realism: counterparts 122
9 Genuine realism: epistemology 149
Pt. III Actualist realism 167
10 Actualist realism: exposition 169
11 Actualist realism: conceptual applications 181
12 Actualist realism: ontological applications 196
13 Actualist realism: semantic applications 210
14 Actualist realism: safe and sane ontology? 227
15 Actualist realism: paradox 243
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