The Resource Essays in the metaphysics of modality, Alvin Plantinga ; edited by Matthew Davidson

Essays in the metaphysics of modality, Alvin Plantinga ; edited by Matthew Davidson

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Essays in the metaphysics of modality
Title
Essays in the metaphysics of modality
Statement of responsibility
Alvin Plantinga ; edited by Matthew Davidson
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Language
eng
Summary
This book is a collection of my essays, dating from 1969, concerning the metaphysics of modality. The first two chapters are a defense of the idea of modality de re against criticisms from William Kneale and W.V. Quine, and an elaboration on the notions of possible worlds and essences. In the third chapter, I conclude that the Theory of Worldbound Individuals is false, even when fortified with Counterpart Theory. Chapter 4 contains an argument for the conclusion that there neither are, nor could have been, possible but nonexistent objects. In the next chapter, I develop this theme in greater detail and argue for the compatibility of actualism -- i.e., the view that there neither are, nor could have been, any nonexistent objects --and possible worlds. Both Chs. 6 and 7 contain an account of the relationship between proper names and essences, my view being that proper names express essences and that sometimes different proper names for the same object express different essences of that object. The end of Ch. 7 and all of Ch. 8 are an examination of existentialism (the theory that propositions and states of affairs ontologically depend on their subjects) and arguments against it. In Ch. 9, I defend my theory of modality against objections raised by John Pollock. In Ch. 10, I sketch out what the commitments of modal realism are, and argue that David Lewis's modal theory is not a modal realist theory. Finally, in the concluding chapter I argue that propositions cannot be concrete objects
Cataloging source
QCL
Dewey number
110
Index
index present
LC call number
B945.P553
LC item number
M48 2003b E-book
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Essays in the metaphysics of modality, Alvin Plantinga ; edited by Matthew Davidson
Publication
Note
A collection of previously published articles from 1969 to 1993
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
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rdacarrier
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mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm70695278
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 239 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195103762
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)70695278
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