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Accessibility, philosophy: accessibility is an expression of a relationship between possible worlds. For example, a world with IT technology is not accessible from a world where the wheel has not yet been invented. See also modal logic, possible worlds, systems, S 4/S 5, knowledge, transitivity, counterpart theory, centered worlds, cross world identity.

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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HC I 67f
Accessibility / possible worlds / Hughes / Cresswell: many authors: from conceivability or imaginability - e.g. game: the visibility relation between players - invisible worlds are not taken into account - always considered conceivability of worlds from the actual world: corresponding system T - necessity / T: Truth in a selected set of worlds - T: necessity: only considers worlds that we can imagine - S4: transitivity of conceivability: what could be conceivable in other worlds - (i.e. conc. in a poss. world, which in turn can be imagined from the actual world) - then other necessity: truth in all worlds - S5: all are visible to all, not a question of imagination.

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.

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M. J. Cresswell
Semantical Essays (Possible worlds and their rivals) Dordrecht Boston 1988

M. J. Cresswell
Structured Meanings Cambridge Mass. 1984

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