<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Rodriguez-Pereyra (Gonzalo) - Modal Realism and Metaphysical Nihilism (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_19/PaperSummary_19887.htm">Modal Realism and Metaphysical Nihilism</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/R/Author_Rodriguez-Pereyra (Gonzalo).htm">Rodriguez-Pereyra (Gonzalo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Mind, New Series, Vol. 113, No. 452 (Oct., 2004), pp. 683-704</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_19/PaperSummary_19887.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_19/PapersToNotes_19887.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Abstract</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>In this paper I argue that <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modal</A><SUP>1</SUP> Realism, the thesis that there exist non-actual possible individuals and worlds, can be made compatible with Metaphysical <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_87.htm">Nihilism</A><SUP>2</SUP>, the thesis that it is possible that nothing concrete <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P19887_3">exists</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P19887_3"></A>. <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modal</A><SUP>4</SUP> Realism as developed by Lewis rules out the possibility of a world where nothing concrete exists and so conflicts with Metaphysical <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_87.htm">Nihilism</A><SUP>5</SUP>. </li><li>In the paper I argue that <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modal</A><SUP>6</SUP> Realism can be modified so as to be compatible with Metaphysical <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_87.htm">Nihilism</A><SUP>7</SUP>. Such a modification makes <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modal</A><SUP>8</SUP> Realism neither incur further theoretical costs nor lose its theoretical benefits. Thus such a modification constitutes an improvement of <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modal</A><SUP>9</SUP> Realism. </FONT></li></ol><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P19887_3"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P19887_3"><B>Footnote 3</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I think this means  had existed . Ie. it is not claiming, absurdly, that nothing concrete exists, but that this world might have been such that nothing concrete existed in it.</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="2018-08-03T00:13" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:13:12</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>