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Res Philosophica

Volume 93, Issue 1, January 2016

David Sanson
Pages 45-62
DOI: 10.11612/resphil.2016.93.1.1

Worlds Enough for Junk

A cap is something that is not a proper part. A junky thing is something that is not part of any cap. Can there be junky things? The view that possible worlds are concrete cosmoi suggests not: every possibility involves the existence of a cosmos, and that cosmos is a cap. But this can be overcome by allowing that some parts of a cosmos may collectively represent a complete possibility. The resulting view helps cast light on some important features of the Modal Realist’s attitude toward modality.