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Single Idea 18620

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 3. Combinatorial possibility]

Full Idea

Can combinatorial possibility deliver enough possibilities? It uses the existing elements, but there might have been one more particular or one more property. Even extended over time, the elements seem finite, yet there could have been more.

Gist of Idea

Combinatorial possibility relies on what actually exists (even over time), but there could be more


Stephen Mumford (Metaphysics: a very short introduction [2012], 8)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction' [OUP 2012], p.85

A Reaction

[compressed] One objection is that the theory allows too much, and now the objection is that it allows too little. Both objections are correct, so that's the end of that. But I admire the attempt to base modality on actuality.