Individuals and Identity

Storrs McCall

in A Model of the Universe

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236221
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679209 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Individuals and Identity

Show Summary Details


The theory about possible worlds that seems to emerge most naturally from the branched model is identical neither with actualism nor with modal realism, though it has affinities with both. The branched model pictures the universe as one, but branched. Relative to the present, each branch may be regarded as a future possible world. There exist therefore, in the branched model, possible worlds, as the model realist claims, and these possible worlds are not abstract, but concrete.

Keywords: possible worlds; realism; branched model; actual world; individuals; tanstemporal identity

Chapter.  14921 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.