The methodology of genuine modal realism

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David Lewis's genuine modal realism is a controversial thesis in modal metaphysics. Charles Chihara and Ross Cameron have each argued that Lewis's defence of his thesis involves his committing serious methodological errors; in particular, that his replies to two well-known and important objections are question-begging. Scott Shalkowski has further argued that Lewis's attempt to analyse modal talk in non-modal terms is viciously circular. This paper considers the methodology which Lewis uses to argue for his thesis, and the paper tries to show that it is guilty of no methodological errors. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-52
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


  • Cameron
  • Chihara
  • Circularity
  • Epistemology
  • Lewis
  • Modal realism
  • Question-begging
  • Shalkowski


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