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May Bes and Might Have Beens

P. F. Strawson

in Entity and Identity

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250159
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598470 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250150.003.0011
 May Bes and Might Have Beens

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Epistemic possibilities, the ‘might have been's of the past and ‘may be's of the future, are examined and analysed. The former relate to points in the past regarding which presently available knowledge does not show the then prevailing situation to be such as to exclude the particulars concerned acting or suffering differently from the ways in which they actually did; the latter relate to what present knowledge makes likely or does not wholly exclude. Various extensions, refinements, and objections are considered.

Keywords: composition; determinism; existence; history; possibility

Chapter.  4505 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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