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  1. John Divers (2014). Mere Possibilities: Metaphysical Foundations of Modal Semantics. Philosophical Quarterly 64 (254):163-166.
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  2. John Divers (2014). Modal Reality and (Modal) Logical Space. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 88 (3):726-733.
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  3. John Divers (2013). The Analysis of Possibility and the Extent of Possibility. Dialectica 67 (2):183-200.
    In section 1 I motivate and execute the presentation of a well-defined Lewisian conception of analysis and of what it would be to analyse modality successfully. That conception is then put to two applications. In section 2 various inadequacies are exposed in a (recently popular) separatist approach to the understanding and/or evaluation of Lewis's analysis of modality. Section 3 provides a defence against a resilient argument for the claim that Lewis's analysis of modality cannot be fully reductive while also dealing (...)
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  4. John Divers & José Edgar González‐Varela (2013). Belief in Absolute Necessity. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 87 (2):358-391.
    We outline a theory of the cognitive role of belief in absolute necessity that is normative and intended to be metaphysically neutral. We take this theory to be unique in scope since it addresses simultaneously the questions of how such belief is (properly) acquired and of how it is (properly) manifest. The acquisition and manifestation conditions for belief in absolute necessity are given univocally, in terms of complex higher-order attitudes involving two distinct kinds of supposition (A-supposing and C-supposing). It is (...)
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  5. John Divers & Daniel Elstein (2012). Manifesting Belief in Absolute Necessity. Philosophical Studies 158 (1):109-130.
    McFetridge (in Logical necessity and other essays . London: Blackwell, 1990 ) suggests that to treat a proposition as logically necessary—to believe a proposition logically necessary, and to manifest that belief—is a matter of preparedness to deploy that proposition as a premise in reasoning from any supposition. We consider whether a suggestion in that spirit can be generalized to cover all cases of absolute necessity, both logical and non-logical, and we conclude that it can. In Sect. 2, we explain the (...)
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  6. John Divers (2010). Modal Commitments. In Bob Hale & Aviv Hoffmann (eds.), Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology. Oup Oxford.
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  7. John Divers (2009). Possible Worlds and Possibilia. In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. Routledge.
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  8. John Divers (2008). Coincidence and Form. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 82 (1):119-137.
    I compare a Lewisian defence of monism with Kit Fine's defence of pluralism. I argue that the Lewisian defence is, at present, the clearer in its explanatory intent and ontological commitments. I challenge Fine to explain more fully the nature of the entities that he postulates and the relationship between continuous material objects and the parts of those rigid embodiments in terms of which he proposes to explain crucial, modal and sortal, features of those objects.
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  9. John Divers (2007). Quinean Scepticism About de Re Modality After David Lewis. European Journal of Philosophy 15 (1):40–62.
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  10. John Divers (2007). The Modal Metaphysics of Alvin Plantinga. In Deane-Peter Baker (ed.), Alvin Plantinga. Cambridge University Press.
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  11. John Divers (2006). Possible-Worlds Semantics Without Possible Worlds: The Agnostic Approach. Mind 115 (458):187-226.
    If a possible-worlds semantic theory for modal logics is pure, then the assertion of the theory, taken at face-value, can bring no commitment to the existence of a plurality of possible worlds (genuine or ersatz). But if we consider an applied theory (an application of the pure theory) in which the elements of the models are required to be possible worlds, then assertion of such a theory, taken at face-value, does appear to bring commitment to the existence of a plurality (...)
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  12. John Divers & Jason Hagen (2006). The Modal Fictionalist Predicament. In Fraser MacBride (ed.), Identity and Modality. Oxford University Press. 57.
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  13. John Divers & Joseph Melia (2006). Genuine Modal Realism: Still Limited. Mind 115 (459):731-740.
    In this reply, we defend our argument for the incompleteness of Genuine Modal Realism against Paseau's criticisms. Paseau claims that isomorphic set of worlds represent the same possibilities, but not only is this implausible, it is inimical to the target of our paper: Lewis's theory of possible worlds. We argue that neither Paseau's model-theoretic results nor his comparison to arithmetic carry over to GMR. We end by distinguishing two notions of incompleteness and urge that, for all that Paseau has said, (...)
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  14. John Divers (2004). Agnosticism About Other Worlds: A New Antirealist Programme in Modality. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 69 (3):660–685.
    The modal antirealist, as presented here, aims to secure at least some of the benefits associated with talking in genuine modal realist terms while avoiding commitment to a plurality of Lewisian (or ersatz) worlds. The antirealist stance of agnosticism about other worlds combines acceptance of Lewis's account of what world-talk means with refusal to assert, or believe in, the existence of other worlds. Agnosticism about other worlds does not entail a comprehensive agnosticism about modality, but where such agnosticism about modality (...)
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  15. John Divers (2004). Conceivability and Possibility. Mind 113 (450):347-351.
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  16. John Divers (2004). Review: Conceivability and Possibility. [REVIEW] Mind 113 (450):347-351.
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  17. John Divers (2004). Review of Robert Stalnaker, Ways a World Might Be: Metaphysical and Anti-Metaphysical Essays. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2004 (11).
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  18. John Divers (2004). Logic. Philosophical Books 45 (3):240-241.
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  19. John Divers (2003). Review of Hallvard Lillehammer (Eds.), Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra (Eds.), Real Metaphysics: Essays in Honour of D. H. Mellor, Routledge. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003 (11).
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  20. John Divers & Joseph Melia (2003). Genuine Modal Realism Limited. Mind 112 (445):83-86.
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  21. John Divers (2002). Possible Worlds. Routledge.
    This is a comprehensive, critical account of forty years of literature on realism about possible worlds, enhanced by many original developments and insights ...
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  22. John Divers & Joseph Melia (2002). The Analytic Limit of Genuine Modal Realism. Mind 111 (441):15-36.
    According to the Genuine Modal Realist, there is a plurality of possible worlds, each world nothing more than a maximally inter-related spatiotemporal sum. One advantage claimed for this position is that it offers us the resources to analyse, in a noncircular manner, the modal operators. In this paper, we argue that the prospects for such an analysis are poor. For the analysis of necessity as truth in all worlds to succeed it is not enough that no modal concepts be used (...)
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  23. John Divers (1999). A Genuine Realist Theory of Advanced Modalizing. Mind 108 (430):217-239.
    The principle of modal ubiquity - that every truth is necessary or contingent - and the validity of possibility introduction, are principles that any modal theory suffers for failing to accommodate. Advanced modal claims are modal claims about entities other than spatiotemporally unified individuals (perhaps, then, spatiotemporally disunified individuals, sets, numbers, properties, propositions and events). I show that genuine modal realism, as it has thus far been explicitly developed, and in so far as it deals with advanced modal claims, cannot (...)
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  24. John Divers (1999). A Modal Fictionalist Result. Noûs 33 (3):317-346.
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  25. John Divers (1999). Kant's Criteria of the a Priori. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 80 (1):17–45.
  26. John Divers & Alexander Miller (1999). Arithmaetical Platonism: Reliability and Judgement-Dependence. Philosophical Studies 95 (3):277-310.
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  27. John Divers (1998). Recent Work on Supervenience. Philosophical Books 39 (2):81-91.
    At the core of the concept of supervenience are certain general maxims— notably, that there can be no A-differences without B-differences and that Bindiscernibility must bring A-discernibility. Supervenience is thus conceived as a matter of modal covariance between two sets of things in a given category, usually properties. The perennial issues surrounding supervenience concern: (a) the variety of specifically formulated theses that serve the core maxims and the patterns of entailment that obtain among these theses, and (b) the relations that (...)
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  28. John Divers (1997). The Analysis of Possibility and the Possibility of Analysis. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 97 (2):141–160.
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  29. John Divers (1996). Substance Among Other Categories. Philosophical Books 37 (1):52-53.
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  30. John Divers (1996). Supervenience for Operators. Synthese 106 (1):103-12.
    The modal primitivist who takes a sentential possibility operator as her only modal resource can provide adequate representations of the familiar concepts of weak, strong and global supervenience. The primitivist representations of these concepts can be applied to provide adequate interpretations of speciflc supervenience theses which will be considered. Moreover the modal primitivist is no better and no worse placed than the genuine modal realist to present supervenience as a simple and unifled notion. Therefore, Lewis is unjustified in claiming that (...)
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  31. John Divers (1995). Modal Fictionalism Cannot Deliver Possible Worlds Semantics. Analysis 55 (2):81--9.
  32. John Divers & Alexander Miller (1995). Platitudes and Attitudes: A Minimalist Conception of Belief. Analysis 55 (1):37 - 44.
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  33. John Divers & Alexander Miller (1995). Minimalism and the Unbearable Lightness of Being. Philosophical Papers 24 (2):127-139.
  34. John Divers (1994). On the Prohibitive Cost of Indiscernible Concrete Possible Worlds. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72 (3):384 – 389.
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  35. John Divers & Alexander Miller (1994). Best Opinion, Intention-Detecting and Analytic Functionalism. Philosophical Quarterly 44 (175):239-245.
  36. John Divers & Alexander Miller (1994). Critical Notice: Rethinking Realism. Mind 103 (412):519-534.
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  37. John Divers & Alexander Miller (1994). Why Expressivists About Value Should Not Love Minimalism About Truth. Analysis 54 (1):12 - 19.
  38. John Divers (1992). Modal Supereminence and Modal Realism. Theoria 58 (2-3):99-115.
    Colin McGinn proposes that acceptance of the supervenience of the modal on the actual is the natural form of expression of a non-objectual realism about modality. Here, some of the difficulties that arise in applying theses of supervenience to the modal-actual case are discussed. It is then argued: 1)that the truth of many such theses is determined on uncontroversial modal logical and conceptual grounds, and 2) that this and other independent considerations render it highly implausible that the affirmation of modal-actual (...)
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