Unrestricted Quantification and Reality: Reply to Kim [Book Review]
Graduate studies at Western
Acta Analytica 27 (1):77-79 (2012)
|Abstract||In my book, Worlds and Individuals, Possible and Otherwise , I use the novel idea of modal tense to respond to a number of arguments against modal realism. Peter van Inwagen’s million-carat-diamond objection is one of them. It targets the version of modal realism by David Lewis and exploits the fact that Lewis accepts absolutely unrestricted quantification. The crux of my response is to use modal tense to neutralize absolutely unrestricted quantification. Seahwa Kim says that even when equipped with modal tense, I am unsuccessful, given my view of reality and the proper use of modal tense in speaking of reality. I counter her attempt at resurrecting van Inwagen’s objection and clarify how we should use modal tense and how we should talk about reality|
|Keywords||Modal realism Unrestricted quantification Modal tense Reality Existence Possible world|
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