<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Adams (Robert Merrihew) - Actualism and Thisness (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_20/PaperSummary_20424.htm">Actualism and Thisness</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/A/Author_Adams (Robert Merrihew).htm">Adams (Robert Merrihew)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Synthese 49 (1981) 3-41</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20424.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperCitings_20424.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PapersToNotes_20424.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>My thesis is that all possibilities are purely qualitative except insofar as they involve individuals that actually exist. </li><li>I have argued elsewhere (Adams, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20424_1">1979b</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20424_1"></A>) that <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_102.htm">thisness</A><SUP>2</SUP> holds a place beside suchness as a fundamental feature of reality  and not only of reality but also of some possibilities. There are facts, and also possibilities, that are not purely qualitative. </li><li>The thesis of the present essay is that all the non-qualitative possibilities are possibilities for actual individuals. <ul type="disc"><li>I will begin by trying to explain the meaning of this claim (Section 1); </li><li>then I will defend it (Section 2), and </li><li>develop some of its implications for <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modality</A><SUP>3</SUP>, of which the chief is that what <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>4</SUP> facts <em>de re</em> there are depends on what individuals actually exist (Sections 3 and 4). </li></ul> </li></ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="W2340W"></a><A HREF = "http://philebus.tamu.edu/cmenzel/Papers/ModalExistentialism/Adams-ActualismAndThisness.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>.<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P20424_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20424_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: See <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_65.htm">Adams (Robert Merrihew) - Primitive Thisness and Primitive Identity</A>".<BR><BR><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="2018-08-03T00:08" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:08:23</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>