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    Conceivability and Possibility
    Mind 113 (450): 347-351. 2004.
  •  6
    Editorial
    with Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins and Crispin Wright
    Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 1 (3): 159-160. 2012.
  •  5
    Editorial
    with Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins and Crispin Wright
    Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 3 (4): 251-251. 2014.
  • Editorial
    with Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins and Crispin Wright
    Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 1 (2): 79-80. 2012.
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    (Once again) Lewis on the analysis of modality
    Synthese 197 (11): 4645-4668. 2020.
    We propose a novel interpretation of Lewis on the analysis of modality that is constructed from primary sources, comprehensive and unprecedented. Our guiding precepts are to distinguish semantics from metaphysics, while respecting the inter-relations between them, and to discern whatever may be special, semantically or metaphysically, about the modal case. Following detailed presentation, we amplify and advocate our interpretation by providing a conforming genealogy of Lewis’s theory of modality…Read more
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    Manifesting belief in absolute necessity
    Philosophical Studies 158 (1): 109-130. 2012.
    McFetridge (in Logical necessity and other essays . London: Blackwell, 1990 ) suggests that to treat a proposition as logically necessary—to believe a proposition logically necessary, and to manifest that belief—is a matter of preparedness to deploy that proposition as a premise in reasoning from any supposition. We consider whether a suggestion in that spirit can be generalized to cover all cases of absolute necessity, both logical and non-logical, and we conclude that it can. In Sect. 2, we ex…Read more
  •  3
    Editorial
    with Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins and Crispin Wright
    Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 1 (4): 253-253. 2012.
  •  5
    Editorial
    with Crispin Wright
    Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 1 (1): 1-3. 2012.
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    Realism and Truth
    Philosophical Quarterly 45 (180): 387-389. 1995.
  •  4
    Editorial
    with Crispin Wright and Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins
    Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 2 (4): 281-281. 2013.
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    The interpretation of quantum mechanics due to Everett (1957) postulates the existence of many worlds. The analysis of modality due to Lewis (1986) is supported.
  • Modal anti-realism
    In Otávio Bueno & Scott A. Shalkowski (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Modality, Routledge. 2018.
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    In Deane-Peter Baker (ed.), Alvin Plantinga, Cambridge University Press. 2007.
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    W(h)ither Metaphysical Necessity?
    Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 92 (1): 1-25. 2018.
    I argue that a pragmatic scepticism about metaphysical modality is a perfectly reasonable position to maintain. I then illustrate the difficulties and limitations associated with some strategies for defeating such scepticism. These strategies appeal to associations between metaphysical modality and the following: objective probability, counterfactuals and distinctive explanatory value.
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    Substance Among Other Categories
    Philosophical Books 37 (1): 52-53. 1996.
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    Philosophical Issues from Kripke’s ‘Semantical Considerations on Modal Logic’
    Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 20 (1): 1-44. 2016.
    Kripke; possible-world semantics; pure and applied semantics; models of modal space; applicability.
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    Minimalism and the unbearable lightness of being
    with Alexander Miller
    Philosophical Papers 24 (2): 127-139. 1995.
    No abstract
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    Recent Work On Supervenience (review)
    Philosophical Books 39 (2): 81-91. 1998.
    At the core of the concept of supervenience are certain general maxims— notably, that there can be no A-differences without B-differences and that Bindiscernibility must bring A-discernibility. Supervenience is thus conceived as a matter of modal covariance between two sets of things in a given category, usually properties. The perennial issues surrounding supervenience concern: (a) the variety of specifically formulated theses that serve the core maxims and the patterns of entailment that obtai…Read more
  •  43
    _ The Nature of Contingency _: _ Quantum Physics as Modal Realism _, by AlastairWilson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. Pp. xi + 219.
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    How Skeptical Is Quine’s “Modal Skepticism”?
    The Monist 100 (2): 194-210. 2017.
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    Arithmaetical platonism: Reliability and judgement-dependence
    Philosophical Studies 95 (3): 277-310. 1999.
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    The modal fictionalist predicament
    with Jason Hagen
    In Fraser MacBride (ed.), Identity and modality, Oxford University Press. pp. 57. 2006.
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    Possible Worlds
    Routledge. 2002.
    _Possible Worlds_ presents the first up-to-date and comprehensive examination of one of the most important topics in metaphysics. John Divers considers the prevalent philosophical positions, including realism, antirealism and the work of important writers on possible worlds such as David Lewis, evaluating them in detail
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    Critical notice: Rethinking realism
    with Alexander Miller
    Mind 103 (412): 519-534. 1994.
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    Advanced modalizing de dicto and de re
    Analysis 78 (3): 415-425. 2018.
    Lewis’ analysis of modality faces a problem in that it appears to confer unintended truth values to certain modal claims about the pluriverse: e.g. ‘It is possible that there are many worlds’ is false when we expect truth. This is the problem of advanced modalizing. Divers presents a principled solution to this problem by treating modal modifiers as semantically redundant in some such cases. However, this semantic move does not deal adequately with advanced de re modal claims. Here, we motivate …Read more