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Worlds and Individuals, Possible and Otherwise

Takashi Yagisawa


Modal realism says that non-actual possible worlds and individuals are as real as the actual world and individuals. This book defends modal realism of a variety different from David Lewis's theory. The notion of reality is left primitive and sharply distinguished from that of existence, which is proposed as a relation between a thing and a domain. Worlds are postulated as modal indices for truth on a par with times, which are temporal indices for truth. Ordinary individual objects are conceived as being spread in spatial, temporal, and modal dimensions, and their transworld identity is explica ... More

Keywords: actual, belief sentence, existence, fiction, identity, impossible world, Kripke, Lewis, metaphysics, modal realism, possibility, possible world, proposition, real, transworld

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199576890
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576890.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Takashi Yagisawa, author
California State University