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|Possible World: entity that can be quantified over. There ist a dispute over the question whether possible worlds exist or are only assumed for purposes of proofs of completeness. See also actual world, modal logic, modal realism, realism, actualism, possibility, possibilia, quantification._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
J.A. Foster on Possible Worlds - Dictionary of Arguments
Possible World/Quantification/Foster: one can quantify over worlds, but not over their
constituents, because they may not exist. - Therefore worlds are not simply larger editions of imaginary objects.
Ontology/Foster: Solution: structural equivalence: two sets that can be transferred into each other, preserving relations, differences and identities.
Possible Worlds/Fosters: my view is phenomenalistic. In relation to the actual world and also in relation to geography and history.
Possible Worlds/Quine: Quadruples of real numbers. - There is no cross-world identity: Socrates cannot be identified in another world._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
John A. Foster
"Meaning and Truth Theory"
Truth and Meaning, G. Evans/J. McDowell, Oxford 1976
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