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The Worlds of PossibilityModal Realism and the Semantics of Modal Logic$
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Charles S. Chihara

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246557.001.0001

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Anti-Modal Realism

Anti-Modal Realism

(p.142) 4 Anti-Modal Realism
The Worlds of Possibility

Charles S. Chihara

Oxford University Press

Given the many problems and implausibilities that infect Modal Realism, some form of anti-realism may appear at this point to be irresistible. In his book, Graeme Forbes adopts an anti-realist view of modality, which can be classified as a form of instrumentalism. His main reasons for rejecting modal realism are epistemological. On the other hand, Gideon Rosen's modal fictionalism — another version of anti-realism — seems to be motivated more by ontological concerns. This chapter examines these two versions of anti-Modal Realism with the objective of developing an alternative anti-realistic view. It is overall widely believed that possible worlds semantics provides us with an accurate analysis of modal statements.

Keywords:   anti-Modal Realism, anti-realism, Graeme Forbes, modality, instrumentalism, modal fictionalism, Gideon Rosen

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