Actualism

[Revised entry by Christopher Menzel on December 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Actualism is a widely-held view in the metaphysics of modality. To understand the thesis
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[Revised entry by Christopher Menzel on December 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Actualism is a widely-held view in the metaphysics of modality. To understand the thesis of actualism, consider the following example. Imagine a race of beings - call them 'Aliens' - that is very different from any life-form that exists anywhere in the universe; different enough, in fact, that no actually existing thing could have been an Alien, any more than a given gorilla could have been a...

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