Possible Worlds and Possibilia

Authored by: John Divers

The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics

Print publication date:  April  2009
Online publication date:  April  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415396318
eBook ISBN: 9780203879306
Adobe ISBN: 9781134155866

10.4324/9780203879306.ch32

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Abstract

Possibilia are (supposed to be) possible things other than the actual things and, in particular, possible worlds other than the actual world. Talking in terms of possibilia has widely been supposed to offer some sort of advance in our philosophical thinking about modalities (such as various kinds of possibilities and necessities) and about certain kinds of abstract and intensional entity (such as propositions and properties).

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