On the Plurality of Worlds.

  title={On the Plurality of Worlds.},
  author={James E. Tomberlin and David Lewis},
Preface. 1. A Philosopher's Paradise. The Thesis of Pluraliry of Worlds. Modal Realism at Work: Modality. Modal Realism at Work: Closeness. Modal Realism at Work: Content. Modal Realism at Work: Properties. Isolation. Concreteness. Plenitude. Actuality. 2. Paradox in Paradise? Everything is Actual? All Worlds in One? More Worlds Than There Are? How Can We Know? A Road to Scepticism? A Road to Indifference? Arbitrariness Lost? The Incredulous Stare. 3. Paradise on the Cheap? The Ersatzist… Expand
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