Physical Theories and Possible Worlds

  • M. J. Cresswell
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 36)


Formalized physical theories are not, as a rule, stated in intensional languages. Yet in talking about them we often treat them as if they were. We say for instance: ‘Consider what would happen if instead of p’s being true q were. In such a case r would be likely.’ If we say this sort of thing p, q and r appear to stand for the meanings of sentences of the theory, but meanings in some intensional sense.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Cresswell
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyVictoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

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