Single Idea 17956

[catalogued under 10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 1. Possible Worlds / a. Possible worlds]

Full Idea

The closeness of possible worlds should be determined by similarity in the intrinsic constitution of whatever object it is whose potentialities are at issue.

Gist of Idea

Closeness of worlds should be determined by the intrinsic nature of relevant objects


Barbara Vetter (Essence and Potentiality [2010], 3)

A Reaction

Nice thought. This seems to be the essentialist approach to possible worlds, but it makes the natures of the objects more fundamental than the framework of the worlds. She demurs because there are also extrinsic potentialities.