Between Ockhamism and the Thin Red Line

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Alex Peter Malpass


In this paper we will put forward a novel semantics for future contingents. The idea behind the semantics is to be a compromise position between the ‘Ockhamist’ semantics, first put forward by Prior [1966], Thomason [1970] etc., and a version of the Thin Red Line (TRL) semantics recently proposed by Malpass and Wawer [2012]. The new position is able to represent alternative possibilities in two different ways, as actual or counterfactual, which corresponds to a similar distinction in two-dimensional semantics between the primary and secondary intension. We prove a theorem about the notion of validity that results from the new definition, which in the context of the literature about TRL-theories and Ockhamism has some significance.
Author Biography

Alex Peter Malpass, University of Bristol

Alex Peter Malpass, PhD
University of Bristol, UK
University of Bristol
Department of Philosophy
Cotham House
University of Bristol


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MALPASS, A. Between Ockhamism and the Thin Red Line. Diametros, n. 48, p. 55-70, 29 jun. 2016.