|Possibilia, philosophy: possibilia are accepted, possible objects that do not exist (in our world) actually. It is controversial whether one should discuss them at all, since their properties are not so clearly defined that they can always be distinguished from one another, for example, to count them. See also possibilism, actualism, modal realism._____________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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|Evans/McDowell (Ed) Truth and Meaning Oxford 1977
EMD II 251
Possibilia / Woods: do never exist - their existential predication is always wrong. - Problem: if we accept that the existence-quantifier has no connection to the existence, existence then results only from the signification of constants, not from the quantifier. - It is also no law any more that (x) (x exists) > (Ey) (y = x). - Solution: additional axiom that everything exists at any one time._____________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.
G. Evans/J. McDowell
Truth and Meaning Oxford 1977
The Varieties of Reference (Clarendon Paperbacks) Oxford 1989