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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiv

...I have been thinking about possible worlds and making use of the apparatus of possible-worlds semantics since I took a seminar taught by Saul Kripke in my last year of graduate school at Princeton in 1964–65. In my early work that used that framework, on the semantics for conditionals...

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1. On What There Isn’t (But Might Have Been)

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pp. 1-21

...simple, and its answer should follow from Quine’s: there is nothing that isn’t. But of course as Quine went on to say, the problem gets harder when one tries to be more specific about what there is and what there isn’t...

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2. Merely Possible Possible Worlds

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pp. 22-51

...contingent objects. It does not take a very sophisticated argument to make at least a prima facie case for this claim. It seems plausible to assume, first, that there are some propositions—singular propositions— that are object...

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3. What Is Haecceitism, and Is It True?

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pp. 52-88

...possibilist metaphysics. Timothy Williamson’s way of avoiding them was to deny that there could have been anything other than what actually exists and to claim that nothing there is could have failed to exist. There is a third...

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4. Disentangling Semantics from Metaphysics

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pp. 89-125

...appearance of sense in metaphysics: metaphysics involved equivocation between semantic questions about what linguistic forms are most apt for describing the empirical world and empirical questions about which...

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5. Modal Realism, Modal Rationalism, Modal Naturalism

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pp. 126-135

...offer might seem to have a Mephistophelian flavor: philosophical riches in exchange for your ontological conscience, your philosophical soul. Russell might have talked of the advantages of theft over honest toil, but let’s...

Appendix A. Modeling Contingently Existing Propositions

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pp. 136-138

Appendix B. Propositional Functions and Properties

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pp. 139-148

Appendix C. A Model for a Mighty Language

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pp. 149-153

Appendix D. Counterpart Semantics for the Cheap Haecceitist

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pp. 154-156

References

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pp. 157-160

Index

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pp. 161-167