The Philosophical Quarterly 70 (280):570-587 (2020)

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Samuele Iaquinto
University of Turin
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In this paper, I will argue that there is a version of possibilism—inspired by the modal analogue of Kit Fine’s fragmentalism—that can be combined with a weakening of actualism. The reasons for analysing this view, which I call Modal Fragmentalism, are twofold. Firstly, it can enrich our understanding of the actualism/possibilism divide, by showing that, at least in principle, the adoption of possibilia does not correspond to an outright rejection of the actualist intuitions. Secondly, and more specifically, it can enrich our understanding of concretism, by proving that, at least in principle, the idea that objects have properties in an absolute manner is compatible with transworld identity.
Keywords Fragmentalism  Actualism  Possibilism  Concretism  Quantified modal logic
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DOI 10.1093/pq/pqz076
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