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  1. Possible Worlds.John Divers - 2002 - Routledge.
    _Possible Worlds_ presents the first up-to-date and comprehensive examination of one of the most important topics in metaphysics. John Divers considers the prevalent philosophical positions, including realism, antirealism and the work of important writers on possible worlds such as David Lewis, evaluating them in detail.
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    Wither Metaphysical Necessity?John Divers - 2018 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 92 (1):1-25.
    I argue that a pragmatic scepticism about metaphysical modality is a perfectly reasonable position to maintain. I then illustrate the difficulties and limitations associated with some strategies for defeating such scepticism. These strategies appeal to associations between metaphysical modality and the following: objective probability, counterfactuals and distinctive explanatory value.
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  3. The Analytic Limit of Genuine Modal Realism.John Divers & Joseph Melia - 2002 - Mind 111 (441):15-36.
    According to the Genuine Modal Realist, there is a plurality of possible worlds, each world nothing more than a maximally inter-related spatiotemporal sum. One advantage claimed for this position is that it offers us the resources to analyse, in a noncircular manner, the modal operators. In this paper, we argue that the prospects for such an analysis are poor. For the analysis of necessity as truth in all worlds to succeed it is not enough that no modal concepts be used (...)
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    A Genuine Realist Theory of Advanced Modalizing.John Divers - 1999 - Mind 108 (430):217-239.
    The principle of modal ubiquity - that every truth is necessary or contingent - and the validity of possibility introduction, are principles that any modal theory suffers for failing to accommodate. Advanced modal claims are modal claims about entities other than spatiotemporally unified individuals (perhaps, then, spatiotemporally disunified individuals, sets, numbers, properties, propositions and events). I show that genuine modal realism, as it has thus far been explicitly developed, and in so far as it deals with advanced modal claims, cannot (...)
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    Possible Worlds.John Divers - 2004 - Mind 113 (449):171-174.
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    The Modal Status of the Lewisian Analysis of Modality.John Divers - 2014 - Mind 123 (491):861-872.
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  7. Quinean Scepticism About de Re Modality After David Lewis.John Divers - 2007 - European Journal of Philosophy 15 (1):40–62.
  8. Manifesting Belief in Absolute Necessity.John Divers & Daniel Elstein - 2012 - Philosophical Studies 158 (1):109-130.
    McFetridge (in Logical necessity and other essays . London: Blackwell, 1990 ) suggests that to treat a proposition as logically necessary—to believe a proposition logically necessary, and to manifest that belief—is a matter of preparedness to deploy that proposition as a premise in reasoning from any supposition. We consider whether a suggestion in that spirit can be generalized to cover all cases of absolute necessity, both logical and non-logical, and we conclude that it can. In Sect. 2, we explain the (...)
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  9. Agnosticism About Other Worlds: A New Antirealist Programme in Modality.John Divers - 2004 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 69 (3):660–685.
    The modal antirealist, as presented here, aims to secure at least some of the benefits associated with talking in genuine modal realist terms while avoiding commitment to a plurality of Lewisian (or ersatz) worlds. The antirealist stance of agnosticism about other worlds combines acceptance of Lewis's account of what world-talk means with refusal to assert, or believe in, the existence of other worlds. Agnosticism about other worlds does not entail a comprehensive agnosticism about modality, but where such agnosticism about modality (...)
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    A Modal Fictionalist Result.John Divers - 1999 - Noûs 33 (3):317-346.
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    Modal Reality and (Modal) Logical Space.John Divers - 2014 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 88 (3):726-733.
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    How Skeptical Is Quine’s “Modal Skepticism”?John Divers - 2017 - The Monist 100 (2):194-210.
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  13. Why Expressivists About Value Should Not Love Minimalism About Truth.John Divers & Alexander Miller - 1994 - Analysis 54 (1):12 - 19.
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    An Inconvenient Modal Truth.John Divers - 2014 - Analysis 74 (4):575-577.
    There is a de re modal truth that proves inconvenient for the canonical Lewisian theory of modality. For this truth requires on that theory, the existence of things (counterparts) that exist in distinct worlds but are also spatiotemporally related.
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    Lewis on the Analysis of Modality.John Divers & Jade Fletcher - forthcoming - Synthese.
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    The Analysis of Possibility and the Extent of Possibility.John Divers - 2013 - Dialectica 67 (2):183-200.
    In section 1 I motivate and execute the presentation of a well-defined Lewisian conception of analysis and of what it would be to analyse modality successfully. That conception is then put to two applications. In section 2 various inadequacies are exposed in a (recently popular) separatist approach to the understanding and/or evaluation of Lewis's analysis of modality. Section 3 provides a defence against a resilient argument for the claim that Lewis's analysis of modality cannot be fully reductive while also dealing (...)
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  17. Possible-Worlds Semantics Without Possible Worlds: The Agnostic Approach.John Divers - 2006 - Mind 115 (458):187-226.
    If a possible-worlds semantic theory for modal logics is pure, then the assertion of the theory, taken at face-value, can bring no commitment to the existence of a plurality of possible worlds (genuine or ersatz). But if we consider an applied theory (an application of the pure theory) in which the elements of the models are required to be possible worlds, then assertion of such a theory, taken at face-value, does appear to bring commitment to the existence of a plurality (...)
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    Belief in Absolute Necessity.John Divers & José Edgar González-Varela - 2013 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 87 (2):358-391.
    We outline a theory of the cognitive role of belief in absolute necessity that is normative and intended to be metaphysically neutral. We take this theory to be unique in scope since it addresses simultaneously the questions of how such belief is (properly) acquired and of how it is (properly) manifest. The acquisition and manifestation conditions for belief in absolute necessity are given univocally, in terms of complex higher-order attitudes involving two distinct kinds of supposition (A-supposing and C-supposing). It is (...)
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    Advanced Modalizing de Dicto and de Re.John Divers & John J. Parry - 2018 - Analysis 78 (3):415-425.
    Lewis’ analysis of modality faces a problem in that it appears to confer unintended truth values to certain modal claims about the pluriverse: e.g. ‘It is possible that there are many worlds’ is false when we expect truth. This is the problem of advanced modalizing. Divers presents a principled solution to this problem by treating modal modifiers as semantically redundant in some such cases. However, this semantic move does not deal adequately with advanced de re modal claims. Here, we motivate (...)
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    Arithmaetical Platonism: Reliability and Judgement-Dependence.John Divers & Alexander Miller - 1999 - Philosophical Studies 95 (3):277-310.
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  21. Modal Commitments.John Divers - 2010 - In Bob Hale & Aviv Hoffmann (eds.), Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology. Oxford University Press.
     
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    The Modal Fictionalist Predicament.John Divers & Jason Hagen - 2006 - In Fraser MacBride (ed.), Identity and Modality. Oxford University Press. pp. 57.
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    Platitudes and Attitudes: A Minimalist Conception of Belief.John Divers & Alexander Miller - 1995 - Analysis 55 (1):37 - 44.
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    Modal Fictionalism Cannot Deliver Possible Worlds Semantics.John Divers - 1995 - Analysis 55 (2):81--9.
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    Genuine Modal Realism: Still Limited.John Divers & Joseph Melia - 2006 - Mind 115 (459):731-740.
    In this reply, we defend our argument for the incompleteness of Genuine Modal Realism against Paseau's criticisms. Paseau claims that isomorphic set of worlds represent the same possibilities, but not only is this implausible, it is inimical to the target of our paper: Lewis's theory of possible worlds. We argue that neither Paseau's model-theoretic results nor his comparison to arithmetic carry over to GMR. We end by distinguishing two notions of incompleteness and urge that, for all that Paseau has said, (...)
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    Genuine Modal Realism Limited.John Divers & Joseph Melia - 2003 - Mind 112 (445):83-86.
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    Minimalism and the Unbearable Lightness of Being.John Divers & Alexander Miller - 1995 - Philosophical Papers 24 (2):127-139.
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    The Analysis of Possibility and the Possibility of Analysis.John Divers - 1997 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 97 (2):141–160.
  29. II—C Oincidence and F Orm.John Divers - 2008 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 82 (1):119-137.
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    Coincidence and Form.John Divers - 2008 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 82 (1):119-137.
    I compare a Lewisian defence of monism with Kit Fine's defence of pluralism. I argue that the Lewisian defence is, at present, the clearer in its explanatory intent and ontological commitments. I challenge Fine to explain more fully the nature of the entities that he postulates and the relationship between continuous material objects and the parts of those rigid embodiments in terms of which he proposes to explain crucial, modal and sortal, features of those objects.
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  31. Kant's Criteria of the a Priori.John Divers - 1999 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 80 (1):17–45.
  32. Review: Conceivability and Possibility. [REVIEW]John Divers - 2004 - Mind 113 (450):347-351.
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    II—John Divers: Coincidence and Form.John Divers - 2008 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 82 (1):119-137.
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    Mere Possibilities: Metaphysical Foundations of Modal Semantics.John Divers - 2014 - Philosophical Quarterly 64 (254):163-166.
  35. Platitudes and Attitudes: A Minimalist Conception of Belief.John Divers & Alonso Church - 1995 - Analysis 55 (1):37.
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  36. Quinean Scepticism About De Re Modality After David Lewis.John Divers - 2007 - European Journal of Philosophy 15 (1):40-62.
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    On the Prohibitive Cost of Indiscernible Concrete Possible Worlds.John Divers - 1994 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72 (3):384 – 389.
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    VIII-The Analysis of Possibility and the Possibility of Analysis.John Divers - 1997 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 97 (2):141-160.
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    Modal Supereminence and Modal Realism.John Divers - 1992 - Theoria 58 (2-3):99-115.
    Colin McGinn proposes that acceptance of the supervenience of the modal on the actual is the natural form of expression of a non-objectual realism about modality. Here, some of the difficulties that arise in applying theses of supervenience to the modal-actual case are discussed. It is then argued: 1)that the truth of many such theses is determined on uncontroversial modal logical and conceptual grounds, and 2) that this and other independent considerations render it highly implausible that the affirmation of modal-actual (...)
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    Abstract Entities.John Divers & Roger Teichmann - 1994 - Philosophical Review 103 (1):153.
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    Supervenience for Operators.John Divers - 1996 - Synthese 106 (1):103-12.
    The modal primitivist who takes a sentential possibility operator as her only modal resource can provide adequate representations of the familiar concepts of weak, strong and global supervenience. The primitivist representations of these concepts can be applied to provide adequate interpretations of speciflc supervenience theses which will be considered. Moreover the modal primitivist is no better and no worse placed than the genuine modal realist to present supervenience as a simple and unifled notion. Therefore, Lewis is unjustified in claiming that (...)
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    Best Opinion, Intention-Detecting and Analytic Functionalism.John Divers & Alexander Miller - 1994 - Philosophical Quarterly 44 (175):239-245.
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    Critical Notice: Rethinking Realism.John Divers & Alexander Miller - 1994 - Mind 103 (412):519-534.
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    Review of Robert Stalnaker, Ways a World Might Be: Metaphysical and Anti-Metaphysical Essays[REVIEW]John Divers - 2004 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2004 (11).
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    Review of Hallvard Lillehammer (Eds.), Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra (Eds.), Real Metaphysics: Essays in Honour of D. H. Mellor, Routledge[REVIEW]John Divers - 2003 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003 (11).
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    Agnosticism About Other Worlds: A New Antirealist Programme in Modality.John Divers - 2004 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 69 (3):660-685.
    The modal antirealist, as presented here, aims to secure at least some of the benefits associated with talking in genuine modal realist terms while avoiding commitment to a plurality of Lewisian worlds. The antirealist stance of agnosticism about other worlds combines acceptance of Lewis’s account of what world-talk means with refusal to assert, or believe in, the existence of other worlds. Agnosticism about other worlds does not entail a comprehensive agnosticism about modality, but where such agnosticism about modality is enforced, (...)
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    Logic.John Divers - 2004 - Philosophical Books 45 (3):240-241.
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    Substance Among Other Categories.John Divers - 1996 - Philosophical Books 37 (1):52-53.
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  49. Possible Worlds and Possibilia.John Divers - 2009 - In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics. Routledge.
     
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  50. The Modal Metaphysics of Alvin Plantinga.John Divers - 2007 - In Deane-Peter Baker (ed.), Alvin Plantinga. Cambridge University Press.
     
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