Actuality and essence
Lycan (William) & Shapiro (Stewart)
Source: Midwest Studies in Philosophy (Vol XI) - Studies in Essentialism, 1986, pp. 343-377
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    The authors construct an "ersatz" system of possible worlds taking "worlds" and "nonexistent individuals" to be complex sets of properties. A modal1 language is developed and given a formal model-theoretic semantics. The approach is then compared to competing metaphysical accounts of modality2, and a version of essentialism is defended.

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