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Extending Modal Vision

  • Joshua RasmussenEmail author
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Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 378)

Abstract

I offer a new technique for extending our knowledge of what is possible. The surest way to know that something is possible is to know that it is actually so. Yet it is notoriously more difficult to tell whether a state of affairs that has never obtained could obtain. To help us deal with such cases, I offer “continuity” principles that can extend our modal vision beyond the clear cases. These principles, if true, imply that certain “neighbors” of possible states of affairs are probably also possible. I then showcase some intriguing applications of these extension principles: I show how the principles can help us with ancient questions about the foundations of reality and with recent questions about parts and wholes.

Keywords

Modal Continuity Causal Power Unify Class Modal Vision Independent Reason 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Azusa Pacific UniversityAzusaUSA

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