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Ways a World Might BeMetaphysical and Anti-Metaphysical Essays$
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Robert C. Stalnaker

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199251487.001.0001

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Impossibilities (1996/2002)

Impossibilities (1996/2002)

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(p.55) 3 Impossibilities (1996/2002)
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Ways a World Might Be
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DOI:10.1093/0199251487.003.0004

Recent arguments surrounding possible and impossible worlds have revealed the stakes in the commitment to possibilities. The friends of possible worlds differ from each other on a number of dimensions - there are contrasting accounts of what possible worlds are, and of what explanatory work they can do that the arguments over impossibilities help to bring into focus. This paper attempts to lay out some of the arguments over impossibilities by presenting a dialogue between two philosophers.

Keywords:   possible worlds, impossible worlds, philosophy, commitment to possibilities, impossibilities

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