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Actual: in relation to the real world as opposed to a merely possible world or situation.

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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.

 
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IV 18
Actuality/actual/possible world/Lewis: actual should be analyzed as an index word. In every world "actual" refers to this particular world. - important argument: but that does not mean that the meaning of "actual" changes in any way. - Non-rigidity: does not mean that the importance varies from possible world to possible world.
"actual": is an operator. LewisVsScepticism: "I am actual" is true in every possible world. - That we can know. - But "all worlds are actual" is wrong in every possible world.
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IV 22
Actual/actuality/Lewis: primary sense: refers to the possible world in which the statement is made - secondary sense: shifts the reference to the context - e.g. only primary sense: There could have been items that differ from the actual ones. - E.g. I could be richer than I really am - only a secondary meaning: E.g. the following is contingent: in the real world (actual world) Caesar was assassinated. - E.g. Alpha be the name of the actual world: alpha (without quotation marks) might also not have been the actual world.
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IV 24
Actual/ontology/actuality/existence/there is/Lewis: thesis: there are many things that are not actual. - E.g. an uncountable number of people, spread over many possible worlds. - LewisVsCommon sense: not everything is actual. - Difference: exists/there is.


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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.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Lewis I
David K. Lewis
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989

Lewis I (a)
David K. Lewis
An Argument for the Identity Theory, in: Journal of Philosophy 63 (1966)
In
Die Identität von Körper und Geist, , Frankfurt/M. 1989

Lewis I (b)
David K. Lewis
Psychophysical and Theoretical Identifications, in: Australasian Journal of Philosophy 50 (1972)
In
Die Identität von Körper und Geist, , Frankfurt/M. 1989

Lewis I (c)
David K. Lewis
Mad Pain and Martian Pain, Readings in Philosophy of Psychology, Vol. 1, Ned Block (ed.) Harvard University Press, 1980
In
Die Identität von Körper und Geist, , Frankfurt/M. 1989

Lewis II
David K. Lewis
"Languages and Language", in: K. Gunderson (Ed.), Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. VII, Language, Mind, and Knowledge, Minneapolis 1975, pp. 3-35
In
Handlung, Kommunikation, Bedeutung, Georg Meggle, Frankfurt/M. 1979

Lewis IV
David K. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983

Lewis V
David K. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd II New York Oxford 1986

Lewis VI
David K. Lewis
Convention. A Philosophical Study, Cambridge/MA 1969
German Edition:
Konventionen Berlin 1975

LewisCl
Clarence Irving Lewis
Collected Papers of Clarence Irving Lewis Stanford 1970

LewisCl I
Clarence Irving Lewis
Mind and the World Order: Outline of a Theory of Knowledge (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) 1991


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