Topological Trees: G H von Wright's Theory of Possible Worlds

In TImothy Childers (ed.), The Logica Yearbook. Acadamy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (1998)

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David Sanford
Duke University
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In several works on modality, G. H. von Wright presents tree structures to explain possible worlds. Worlds that might have developed from an earlier world are possible relative to it. Actually possible worlds are possible relative to the world as it actually was at some point. Many logically consistent worlds are not actually possible. Transitions from node to node in a tree structure are probabilistic. Probabilities are often more useful than similarities between worlds in treating counterfactual conditionals.
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