The ontology of possibility

Brian Leftow

in God and Necessity

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263356
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741777 | DOI:
The ontology of possibility

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This chapter argues that the same theist claims that produce conflicts over necessary truth also drive theists to hold that God provides the ontology of all truths about possibility. It argues that God provides all ontology for all actual truths with ontologies. This implies that God also provides the ontology involved in necessary truths’ being not just true but necessary and possible truths’ being possible. The chapter also introduces the distinction between de dicto and de re modal truths. En route it shows how to combine the metaphysics of David Lewis with theism.

Keywords: God; ontology; possibility; possible; de dicto; de re; lewis

Chapter.  9901 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion ; Metaphysics

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