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John Woods

Making Too Much of Worlds


ISBN: 978-3-88405-507-6

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John Woods, in his paper, “Making Too Much of Possible Worlds”, examines the extent to which the supposed versatility of a possible world semantics is justified. Kripke’s possible worlds semantics inspired many logicians and spawned a flood of semantic developments based on adaptations of the original treatment, among others, of alethic modalities, to doxastic, deontic, temporal, and epistemic modalities. Woods’ conclusion is negative: these adaptations are not legitimate. Woods critically considers the utility of invoking possible worlds in explaining counterfactuals -without doubt, one of the main reasons for introducing possible worlds in the twentieth century -and for articulating the logic of knowledge and belief. But Woods does not simply show the inadequacy of two particular cases of application of possible worlds - he also proposes a diagnosis for explaining the widespread overestimation of the logical powers of possible world semantics. For this, he reflects on some general diseases in contemporary logical investigation: abusive pluralism and the phenomenon of hegemony or “theory-dominance”.

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John Woods, in this paper, “Making Too Much of Possible Worlds”, examines the extent to which the supposed versatility of a possible world semantics is justified. Kripke’s possible worlds semantics inspired many logicians and spawned a flood of semantic developments based on adaptations of the original treatment, among others, of alethic modalities, to doxastic, deontic, temporal, and epistemic modalities. Woods’ conclusion is negative: these adaptations are not legitimate. Woods critically considers the utility of invoking possible worlds in explaining counterfactuals - without doubt, one of the main reasons for introducing possible worlds in the twentieth century - and for articulating the logic of knowledge and belief. But Woods does not simply show the inadequacy of two particular cases of application of possible worlds - he also proposes a diagnosis for explaining the widespread overestimation of the logical powers of possible world semantics. For this, he reflects on some general diseases in contemporary logical investigation: abusive pluralism and the phenomenon of hegemony or “theory-dominance”.





 





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