Imagining Irreality: A Study of Unreal Possibilities

Imagining Irreality: A Study of Unreal Possibilities

Imagining Irreality: A Study of Unreal Possibilities

Imagining Irreality: A Study of Unreal Possibilities

Synopsis

Nicholas Rescher surveys and analyzes the different kinds of unreal possibilities and nonexistent objects, tying together all the diverse ways in which this area has been approached by philosophers. As he surveys the field and clarifies the kinds of unreality, he also makes a sustained argument against the philosophical fashion for dealing with nonexistent possible worlds as though they were authentic objects. The author argues that the sphere of the possible can be understood as a construction from materials afforded by a consideration of the actual. He does not attempt to show that no Platonic realm of possibilities can exist, but merely that we can manage to discuss and think about unrealized possibilities without recourse to such a realm.
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