Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (2):269 – 280 (2006)

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David Efird
PhD: Oxford University; Last affiliation: University of York
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We argue that Armstrong's Combinatorialism allows for the possibility of nothing by giving a Combinatorial account of the empty world and show that such an account is consistent with the ontological and conceptual aims of the theory. We then suggest that the Combinatorialist should allow for this possibility given some methodological considerations. Consequently, rather than being 'spoils for the victor', as Armstrong maintains, deciding whether there might have been nothing helps to determine which metaphysics of modality is to be preferred.
Keywords Modality   Metaphysics   Something rather than Nothing
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DOI 10.1080/00048400600759134
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