On the Plurality of Worlds

ISBN-10: 0631224262

ISBN-13: 9780631224266

Edition: 2001

Authors: David Lewis

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This book is a defense of modal realism; the thesis that our world is but one of a plurality of worlds, and that the individuals that inhabit our world are only a few out of all the inhabitants of all the worlds. Lewis argues that the philosophical utility of modal realism is a good reason for believing that it is true. After putting forward the type of modal realism he favors, Lewis answers numerous objections that have been raised against it. These include an insistence that everything must be actual; paradoxes akin to those that confront naive set theory; arguments that modal realism leads to inductive skepticism, or to disregard for prudence and morality; and finally, sheer incredulity at a theory that disagrees so badly with common opinion. Lewis grants the weight of the last objection, but takes it to be outweighed by the benefits to systematic theory that acceptance of modal realism brings. He asks whether these same benefits might be gained more cheaply if we replace his many worlds by many merely 'abstract' representations; but concludes that all versions of this 'ersatz modal realism' are in serious trouble. In the final chapter, Lewis distinguishes various questions about trans-world identity, and argues that his 'method of counterparts' is preferable to alternative approaches.
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/8/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Preface
A Philosopher's Paradise
The Thesis of Pluraliry of Worlds
Modal Realism at Work: Modality
Modal Realism at Work: Closeness
Modal Realism at Work: Content
Modal Realism at Work: Properties
Isolation
Concreteness
Plenitude
Actuality
Paradox in Paradise
Everything is Actual
All Worlds in One
More Worlds Than There Are
How Can We Know
A Road to Scepticism
A Road to Indifference
Arbitrariness Lost
The Incredulous Stare
Paradise on the Cheap
The Ersatzist Program
Linguistic Ersatzism
Pictorial Ersatzism
Magical Ersatzism
Counterparts or Double Lives
Good Questions and Bad
Against Overlap
Against Trans-World Individuals
Against Haecceitism
Against Constancy
Works Cited
Index
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