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Single Idea 4586

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

Full Idea

We should be suspicious of anyone who embraces the formal apparatus of possible worlds while rejecting the ontology.

Gist of Idea

You can't embrace the formal apparatus of possible worlds, but reject the ontology


John Heil (Philosophy of Mind [1998], Pref)

Book Reference

Heil,John: 'Philosophy of Mind' [Routledge 1998], p.-3

A Reaction

What matters is that good philosophy should not duck the ontological implications of any apparatus. If only embracing the 'ontology of possible worlds' were a simple matter. What makes one world 'close' to another?