Analysis 79 (1):3-10 (2019)

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Sharon Berry
Oakland University
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This note points out a conflict between some common intuitions about metaphysical possibility. On the one hand, it is appealing to deny that there are robust counterfactuals about how various physically impossible substances would interact with the matter that exists at our world. On the other hand, our intuitions about how concepts like MOUNTAIN apply at other metaphysically possible worlds seem to presuppose facts about ‘solidity’ which cash out in terms of these counterfactuals. I consider several simple attempts to resolve this conflict and note they all fall short.
Keywords possible worlds  gunk  counterfactuals  metaphysical possibility  essences
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DOI 10.1093/analys/any014
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