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Guido Imaguire

Modal Reasoning

Without Possible Worlds

ISBN: 978-3-88405-503-8

Price: €8.00 (including 19 % tax)


Abstract to  Contribution

Guido Imaguire  examines several problems with the concept of a possible world. Complementing Rescher’s study, however, Imaguire takes an ontological rather than epistemological point of view. Possible worlds are not only associated with some obscure notion of existence, but also have a distinctively obscure logical nature. They appear to inhabit a region between the realms of extensional and intensional entities. There is no agreement among possible worlds theorists as to whether non-actual worlds are big all-inclusive things or complete ways things could have being.  Imaguire also points to many kinds of circularity involved in the notion of maximality. After the critical part of his essay, Imaguire diagnoses the natural modal reasoning in quantifying over a domain of possible worlds as more distracting than philosophically helpful. Thus, he suggests the notion of plausible rather than merely logically possible worlds as an alternative for modeling natural modal reasoning.

Authors Biography

Guido Imaguire examines several problems with the concept of a possible world. Complementing Rescher’s study, however, Imaguire takes an ontological rather than epistemological point of view. Possible worlds are not only associated with some obscure notion of existence, but also have a distinctively obscure logical nature. They appear to inhabit a region between the realms of extensional and intensional entities. There is no agreement among possible worlds theorists as to whether non-actual worlds are big all-inclusive things or complete ways things could have being.  Imaguire also points to many kinds of circularity involved in the notion of maximality. After the critical part of his essay, Imaguire diagnoses the natural modal reasoning in quantifying over a domain of possible worlds as more distracting than philosophically helpful. Thus, he suggests the notion of plausible rather than merely logically possible worlds as an alternative for modeling natural modal reasoning.


 





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