Philosophical Studies 172 (3):671-689 (2015)

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Otávio Bueno
University of Miami
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According to modalism, modality is primitive. In this paper, we examine the implications of this view for modal epistemology, and articulate a modalist account of modal knowledge. First, we discuss a theoretical utility argument used by David Lewis in support of his claim that there is a plurality of concrete worlds. We reject this argument, and show how to dispense with possible worlds altogether. We proceed to account for modal knowledge in modalist terms.
Keywords Modalism  Theoretical virtues  Modal epistemology  Modality  David Lewis  Necessity  Possibility
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-014-0327-7
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