TITLE

Indeterminate actuality and the open future

AUTHOR(S)
Loss, Roberto
PUB. DATE
April 2013
SOURCE
Analysis;Apr2013, Vol. 73 Issue 2, p248
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The aim of this article is to propose a novel supervaluationist theory of ‘actually’ in the open future. First, I will argue that any adequate theory of actuality in a branching setting must comply with three main desiderata. Second, I will prove that none of the actuality operators that have been proposed in the literature is up to the task. Finally, I will propose a novel theory of actuality in the open future combining one of the existing definitions of the actuality operator with a new definition of the historical possibility operator, and argue for its adequacy. The central feature of the theory I will advance is the introduction of an actuality parameter capable of being shifted by the historical possibility operator. I will argue that this account appears to not only be consistent with the idea that the future is genuinely open, but also with the general idea that ‘actually’ is, in a relevant sense, a ‘rigid’ operator.
ACCESSION #
86428875

 

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