Another look at Armstrong's combinatorialism

Noûs 39 (4):679–695 (2005)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The core idea of David Armstrong’s combinatorial theory of possibility is attractive. Rearrangement is the key to modality; possible worlds result from scrambling bits and pieces of other possible worlds. Yet I encounter great difficulty when trying to formulate the theory rigorously, and my best attempts are vulnerable to counterexamples. The Leibnizian biconditionals relate possibility and necessity to possible world and true in.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 89,764

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
220 (#81,852)

6 months
14 (#113,251)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Theodore Sider
Rutgers - New Brunswick

Citations of this work

Impossible Worlds.Franz Berto & Mark Jago - 2013 - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
What Are Centered Worlds?Shen-yi Liao - 2012 - Philosophical Quarterly 62 (247):294-316.
Possible Worlds.Christopher Menzel - 2013 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
From Combinatorialism to Primitivism.Jennifer Wang - 2013 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (3):535-554.
Setting the Facts Straight.Mark Jago - 2011 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 40 (1):33-54.

View all 15 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

On the Plurality of Worlds.David K. Lewis - 1986 - Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell.
Material beings.Peter Van Inwagen - 1990 - Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Tractatus logico-philosophicus.Ludwig Wittgenstein - 1922 - Filosoficky Casopis 52:336-341.
Objects and Persons.Trenton Merricks - 2001 - New York: Oxford University Press.

View all 33 references / Add more references