Possible worlds: What they are good for and what they are

This thesis examines the alethic modal concepts of possibility and necessity. It is argued that one cannot do justice to all our modal talk without possible worlds, i.e., complete ways that a cosmos might have been. I argue that not all of the proposed applications of possible worlds succeed but enough remain to give one good theoretical reason to posit them. The two central problems now are: (1) What feature of reality makes correct alethic modal claims true and (2) What are possible worlds?
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