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Karen Bennett and Dean W. Zimmerman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603039.001.0001

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Metaphysical Indeterminacy and Vague Existence

Metaphysical Indeterminacy and Vague Existence

(p.183) 6. Metaphysical Indeterminacy and Vague Existence
Oxford Studies in Metaphysics

Richard Woodward

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines whether the ‘multiple actualities’ account of metaphysical indeterminacy developed by Elizabeth Barnes and Robert Williams can allow for cases in which it is metaphysically indeterminate whether an object exists. Having focused on Theodore Sider's argument to the conclusion that indeterminacy in existence is incoherent, the multiple actualities framework is shown to offer a way of understanding indeterminate existence that undercuts Sider's argument.

Keywords:   metaphysical indeterminacy, vague existence, possible worlds, possibilia, existence

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