Philosophy Dictionary of Arguments

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

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.

Author Item Summary Meta data
I 28
Timeliness/Stalnaker: a relation that a world has to itself and only itself. - Problem: any other world can also have it to itself. - That means timeliness is contingent. - LewisVsersatz world: (moderate modal realism) represents the real world as a special one. - Because it represents it as a "way". - StalnakerVsLewis: but specifically only from its own point of view, not from any. - Stalnaker: there is no neutral position outside of each possible world - But there is an objective one: the one from the real world.
I 31
The thesis that only the real world is actual only makes sense when "actual" means something different than the totality of all that there is. - StalnakerVs: and it does not mean that.
I 31
Way: is an abstract object, abstracted from the activity of the rationally acting.

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.

Stalnaker I
R. Stalnaker
Ways a World may be Oxford New York 2003

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