Constructing worlds

Synthese 189 (1):59-74 (2012)
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Mark Jago
Nottingham University
Abstract
You and I can differ in what we say, or believe, even though the things we say, or believe, are logically equivalent. Discussing what is said, or believed, requires notions of content which are finer-grained than sets of (metaphysically or logically) possible worlds. In this paper, I develop the approach to fine-grained content in terms of a space of possible and impossible worlds. I give a method for constructing ersatz worlds based on theory of substantial facts. I show how this theory overcomes an objection to actualist constructions of ersatz worlds and argue that it naturally gives rise to useful notions of fine-grained content.
Keywords Content  Hyperintensionality  Impossible worlds  Ersatz worlds  Modality
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-012-0095-x
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