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Modal Fictionalism and Modal Instrumentalism

(Original title: Modal Fictionalism and Modal Instrumentalism)
Organon F, 2015, vol. 22, No 4, pp. 439-460.
Language: English
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Abstract

Fictionalism is a strategy for retaining a theory without committing to its truth. This paper considers two kinds of fictionalism about possible worlds: modal fictionalism or “story operator” fictionalism, and modal instrumentalism. Difficulties for modal fictionalism are used to motivate endorsing modal instrumentalism.

Keywords

Brock-Rosen, fictionalism, instrumentalism, modal fictionalism, possible worlds

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