Modal Fictionalism

[Revised entry by Daniel Nolan on February 13, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, supplement2.html] Questions about necessity (or what has to be, or what cannot be otherwise) and
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[Revised entry by Daniel Nolan on February 13, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, supplement2.html] Questions about necessity (or what has to be, or what cannot be otherwise) and possibility (or what can be, or what could be otherwise) are questions about modality. Fictionalism is an approach to theoretical matters in a given area which treats the claims in that area as being in some sense analogous to fictional claims: claims we do not literally accept at face value, but which we nevertheless think serve some...

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