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Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality

Alvin Plantinga and Matthew Davidson


This book is a collection of my essays, dating from 1969, concerning the metaphysics of modality. The first two chapters are a defense of the idea of modality de re against criticisms from William Kneale and W. V. Quine, and an elaboration on the notions of possible worlds and essences. In the third chapter, I conclude that the Theory of Worldbound Individuals is false, even when fortified with Counterpart Theory. Chapter 4 contains an argument for the conclusion that there neither are, nor could have been, possible but nonexistent objects. In the next chapter, I develop this theme in greater ... More

Keywords: actualism, counterpart theory, essence, existentialism, metaphysics, modal realism, modality de re, Plantinga, possible worlds, proper names, proposition, state of affairs

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195103762
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195103769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alvin Plantinga, author
University of Notre Dame
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Matthew Davidson, editor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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1 De Re et De Dicto

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2 World and Essence

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6 The Boethian Compromise

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7 De Essentia

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8 On Existentialism

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9 Replies to My Colleagues

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10 Two Concepts of Modality

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