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ModalityMetaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology$
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Bob Hale and Aviv Hoffmann

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565818.001.0001

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The Reality of Modality

The Reality of Modality

(p.153) 8 The Reality of Modality

Anna Sherratt

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an objection to anti-realist theories of modality. It argues that Peter Menzies's ‘ideal conceiver’ theory of modal truth implies a strong form of anti-realism about the actual world. This reasoning is then generalised to apply to all anti-realist theories of modality. The objection can be avoided by denying that there is a biconditional, a priori connection between the modal and the actual — but there are independent reasons to find this strategy implausible.

Keywords:   modality, anti-realism, ideal conceiver, a priori, Menzies

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