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ModalityMetaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology$
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Bob Hale and Aviv Hoffmann

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565818.001.0001

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IBE, GMR, and Metaphysical Projects

IBE, GMR, and Metaphysical Projects

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(p.169) 9 IBE, GMR, and Metaphysical Projects
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Modality
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Scott A. Shalkowski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565818.003.0010

David Lewis defends Genuine Modal Realism (GMR) by way of an inference to the best explanation (IBE); reasons of theoretical utility are taken as markers of truth. Warrant for thinking that IBE is reliable depends on the availability of access to the relevant matters that is independent of the various uses of IBE. Domains permitting no such independent access are domains over which we can have no confidence that instances of IBE are reliable. Genuine Modal Realism's plurality of worlds is one such domain. The wider implication is that IBE is not reliable for adjudicating metaphysical disputes.

Keywords:   modality, explanation, possible worlds, David Lewis, GMR, IBE

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