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Single Idea 16440

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 1. Nature of Metaphysics]

Full Idea

Lewis articulated and made fashionable the cost-benefit reflective equilibrium methodology, but I have my reservations as it does not offer much guidance.

Gist of Idea

I don't think Lewis's cost-benefit reflective equilibrium approach offers enough guidance


Robert C. Stalnaker (Mere Possibilities [2012], 1.1)

Book Reference

Stalnaker,Robert C.: 'Mere Possibilities' [Princeton 2012], p.5

A Reaction

Stalnaker suggests that this approach has 'run amok' in Lewis's case, giving reality to possible worlds. He spends much effort on showing the 'benefits' of a profoundly implausible view. The same can be said of 4D Perdurantism.