Hardcore Actualism and Possible Non‐Existence

Hardcore Actualism and Possible Non‐Existence According to hardcore actualism (HA), all modal truths are grounded in the concrete constituents of the actual world. In this paper, I discuss some problems faced by HA when it comes to accounting for certain alleged possibilities of non‐existence. I focus particular attention on Leech (2017)'s dilemma for HA, according to which HA must either sacrifice extensional correctness or admit mere possibilia. I propose a solution to Leech's dilemma, which relies on a distinction between weak and strong possibility. It remains the case, however, that HA cannot capture certain iterated de re possibilities of non‐existence and that it is committed to a stock of necessary existents. But I still think that the virtues of the view outweigh these costs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Thought: A Journal of Philosophy Wiley

Hardcore Actualism and Possible Non‐Existence

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Wiley
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© 2018 The Thought Trust and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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2161-2234
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2161-2234
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10.1002/tht3.377
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Abstract

According to hardcore actualism (HA), all modal truths are grounded in the concrete constituents of the actual world. In this paper, I discuss some problems faced by HA when it comes to accounting for certain alleged possibilities of non‐existence. I focus particular attention on Leech (2017)'s dilemma for HA, according to which HA must either sacrifice extensional correctness or admit mere possibilia. I propose a solution to Leech's dilemma, which relies on a distinction between weak and strong possibility. It remains the case, however, that HA cannot capture certain iterated de re possibilities of non‐existence and that it is committed to a stock of necessary existents. But I still think that the virtues of the view outweigh these costs.

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Thought: A Journal of PhilosophyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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