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On the Plurality of Worlds Paperback – 18 January 2001
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After putting forward the type of modal realism he favors, Lewis answers numerous objections that have been raised against it. These include an insistence that everything must be actual; paradoxes akin to those that confront naive set theory; arguments that modal realism leads to inductive skepticism, or to disregard for prudence and morality; and finally, sheer incredulity at a theory that disagrees so badly with common opinion. Lewis grants the weight of the last objection, but takes it to be outweighed by the benefits to systematic theory that acceptance of modal realism brings. He asks whether these same benefits might be gained more cheaply if we replace his many worlds by many merely 'abstract' representations; but concludes that all versions of this 'ersatz modal realism' are in serious trouble. In the final chapter, Lewis distinguishes various questions about trans-world identity, and argues that his 'method of counterparts' is preferable to alternative approaches.
- Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (18 January 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0631224262
- ISBN-13 : 978-0631224266
- Dimensions : 17.15 x 1.65 x 24.77 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 233,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A quand un auteur français qui éclairerait toutes ces notions et ces implications?
Malheureusement,a mon avis jamais .