Metaphysica 15 (1):209–217 (2014)

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It is a commonsense thesis that unactualized possibilities are not parts of actuality. To keep his modal realism in line with this thesis, David Lewis employed his indexical account of the term “actual.” I argue that the addition of counterpart theory to Lewis’s modal realism undermines his strategy for respecting the commonsense thesis. The case made here also reveals a problem for Lewis’s attempt to avoid haecceitism.
Keywords David Lewis  modal realism  counterpart theory  modality  haecceitism
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DOI 10.1515/mp-2014-0013
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