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Modal Realism, Counterpart Theory, and Unactualized Possibilities

Joseph A. Baltimore
Published Online: 2014-02-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2014-0013


It is a commonsense thesis that unactualized possibilities are not parts of actuality. To keep his modal realism in line with this thesis, David Lewis employed his indexical account of the term “actual.” I argue that the addition of counterpart theory to Lewis’s modal realism undermines his strategy for respecting the commonsense thesis. The case made here also reveals a problem for Lewis’s attempt to avoid haecceitism.

Keywords: David Lewis; modal realism; counterpart theory; modality; haecceitism


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Published Online: 2014-02-19

Published in Print: 2014-04-01

Citation Information: Metaphysica, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 209–217, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2014-0013.

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