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Single Idea 14664

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / a. Nature of Being]

Full Idea

A 'necessary being' is one that exists in every possible world; and only some objects - numbers, properties, pure sets, propositions, states of affairs, God - have this distinction.

Gist of Idea

Necessary beings (numbers, properties, sets, propositions, states of affairs, God) exist in all possible worlds


Alvin Plantinga (Actualism and Possible Worlds [1976], 2)

Book Reference

Plantinga,Alvin: 'Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality' [OUP 2003], p.110

A Reaction

This a very odd list, though it is fairly orthodox among philosophers trained in modern modal logic. At the very least it looks rather parochial to me.