Modal Fictionalism: A Response to Rosen
Brock (Stuart)
Source: Mind, 102, No. 405. (Jan., 1993), pp. 147-150
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  1. Gideon Rosen, in his paper "Rosen (Gideon) - Modal Fictionalism" (1990) puts forward and defends what is intended to be an ontologically neutral alternative to modal1 realism.
  2. I argue that Rosen does not achieve this goal. His fictionalism2 entails realism about possible worlds. Moreover, any attempts to modify the analysis results in an undesirable multiplication of the modal3 primitives, a problem faced by those who take the standard modal4 operators as primitive.

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