Possible Worlds and the Objective World


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Jeffrey Sanford Russell
University of Southern California
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David Lewis holds that a single possible world can provide more than one way things could be. But what are possible worlds good for if they come apart from ways things could be? We can make sense of this if we go in for a metaphysical understanding of what the world is. The world does not include everything that is the case—only the genuine facts. Understood this way, Lewis's “cheap haecceitism” amounts to a kind of metaphysical anti-haecceitism: it says there aren't any genuine facts about individuals over and above their qualitative roles.
Keywords Possible worlds  Haecceitism  Counterpart theory
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DOI 10.1111/phpr.12052
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