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Single Idea 11869

[catalogued under 10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 1. Possible Worlds / d. Possible worlds actualism]

Full Idea

Worlds are the shadows of our suppositions and they take on their identity from these. Suppositions take on their identity from (inter alia) the objects they relate to. If they sever themselves from these objects, then they collapse.


'Inter alia' means among other things

Gist of Idea

Possible worlds rest on the objects about which we have suppositions


David Wiggins (Sameness and Substance Renewed [2001], 4.11)

Book Reference

Wiggins,David: 'Sameness and Substance Renewed' [CUP 2001], p.136

A Reaction

Sounds good. My picture is of possibilities which are suggested by objecfs in the actual world, with extreme possibilities being at fifth-remove from actuality. Any worlds that go beyond natural possibility are just there for fun.