Philosophia 48 (1):377-390 (2020)

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Chad Vance
College of William and Mary
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A standard conception of metaphysical modality accepts that Some de re modal claims are true, These should be understood in terms of a possible worlds semantics, and There is trans-world identity. For instance, it seems true that Humphrey could have won the election. In possible worlds speak, we say that there exists a possible world where Humphrey wins the election. Furthermore, had that possibility been actualized instead of this one, Humphrey—our Humphrey, the very same man—would still have existed. Here, I argue that this way of understanding de re modal claims, in conjunction with certain other plausible assumptions, entails that The World is a necessary being.
Keywords De Dicto  De Re  Modality  Necessary Being  Possible Worlds  Trans-World Identity
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