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Single Idea 22636

[catalogued under 10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 1. Possible Worlds / e. Against possible worlds]

Full Idea

Possible worlds ontology appears to be plentiful enough to allow every philosophical theory to be true in some world or other, and that is why I cannot consider it an ontologically serious theory. It admits everything and forbids nothing

Gist of Idea

Every philosophical theory must be true in some possible world, so the ontology is hopeless


R.D. Ingthorsson (A Powerful Particulars View of Causation [2021], 9.6)

Book Reference

'Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time', ed/tr. Callender,Craig [OUP 2013], p.165

A Reaction

Nice. Be careful what you wish for. The theory would have to be consistent (unless we also accept impossible worlds).

Related Idea

Idea 22637 Counterfactual theories are false in possible worlds where causation is actual [Ingthorsson]