<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Stalnaker (Robert) - Possible Worlds (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperSummary_508.htm">Possible Worlds</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/S/Author_Stalnaker (Robert).htm">Stalnaker (Robert)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Stalnaker - Ways a World Might Be, Chapter 1</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperSummary_508.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_00/PaperCitings_508.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>This paper explores David Lewis's four <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P508_1">theses</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P508_1"></A> on possible worlds. </li><li>It is argued that these constitute a doctrine called extreme realism about possible worlds, which is deemed false. </li><li>However, these theses need not be accepted or rejected as a package. </li><li>The independence of the more plausible parts of the package is shown to defend the coherence of a more moderate form of realism about possible worlds, one that may be justified by common <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>2</SUP> opinions and defended as a foundation for a theory about the activities of rational agents. </li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><ul type="disc"><li>Part I - Ways and Worlds. </li><li>Also in <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_423.htm">Laurence (Stephen) & Macdonald (Cynthia), Eds. - Contemporary Readings in the Foundations of Metaphysics</A>"; </li><li>and in <a name="3"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_806.htm">Honderich (Ted) & Burnyeat (Myles) - Philosophy as it Is</A>" and <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6554.htm">Loux (Michael), Ed. - The Possible and the Actual: Readings in the Metaphysics of Modality</A>"; </li><li>Photocopy filed in <a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_05/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_5986.htm">Various - Papers on Logic & Metaphysics Boxes: Vol 3 (O-Z)</A>".</li></ul><BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P508_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P508_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Stalnaker gives these as:- <FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>1. Possible worlds exist.</li><li>2. Other possible worlds are things of the same sort as the actual world.</li><li>3. The indexical analysis of the adjective  actual is the correct analysis.</li><li>4. Possible worlds cannot be reduced to something more basic. </FONT> </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-03T00:14" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:14:17</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>