Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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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Lewis IV 22
Actual/Actuality/Lewis:
Primary sense: refers to the possible worlds in which the utterance is made.
Secondary sense: moves the reference into the context.
This must be taken more into account than I did in the main text:
(according to Peter van Inwagen and Allen Hazen)
E.g.
Only primary sense:
There could have been items which differ from the actual ones,
I could be richer than I really am

Only secondary sense:
The following is contingent: in the actual world Caesar was assassinated
Be "Alpha" the name of the actual world: Alpha (without quotation marks) could not have been the actual world
Be "Beta" a world, Beta could also be actual.

The examples show that one needs both: primary and secondary sense.


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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.

Inwa I
Peter van Inwagen
Metaphysics Fourth Edition

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

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

LW II
David K. Lewis
Konventionen Berlin 1975

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

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

LwCl 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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