<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Divers (John) - The Modal Metaphysics of Alvin Plantinga (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_17/PaperSummary_17093.htm">The Modal Metaphysics of Alvin Plantinga</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/D/Author_Divers (John).htm">Divers (John)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Baker (Deane-Peter) - Alvin Plantinga, Chapter 3</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17093.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Introduction</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Metaphysics is the part of philosophy that is concerned with the extent and content of reality: with what there is and with the nature of what there is. Matters of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modality</A><SUP>1</SUP> are matters of possibilities, impossibilities and necessities: what can (could, might) be, what cannot (could not, must not) be and what cannot (could not, must not) be otherwise. The salient questions of the metaphysics of <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modality</A><SUP>2</SUP>, then, are these: whether there is a <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>3</SUP> reality  whether there is a part of reality in which <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>4</SUP> facts consist (or which makes <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>5</SUP> propositions true); whether such a <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>6</SUP> consists in irreducibly <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>7</SUP> facts or in <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">nonmodal</A><SUP>8</SUP> facts; whether <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>9</SUP> facts consist (partly) in the existence of objects or properties of a special kind and  if so  what the nature and extent of such things is.</li><li>Perhaps these questions give a rather contemporary twist to the characterization of the metaphysics of <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modality</A><SUP>10</SUP>; perhaps our predecessors would not have articulated their concern with the nature of <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modality</A><SUP>11</SUP> in quite this way. But that such a concern is identifiable at many important periods in the history of Western philosophy is not seriously in doubt. It is hardly arguable that Aristotle was a practitioner of <a name="12"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>12</SUP> metaphysics nor that, as a result of Aristotle's influence, such concerns figure prominently in medieval philosophy. </li></ol></FONT><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="2018-08-03T00:09" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:09:29</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>