Chapter

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236221.003.0007

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Individuals and Identity

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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

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