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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:18:48 -0700
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On Jul 19, 2011, at 2:05 PM, Christopher Menzel wrote:
> On Jul 19, 2011, at 3:17 AM, sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> ...The possible worlds are useless baggage.  They might give you some 
>pleasure in your imagination.  They might even be useful as illustrations.
> Your reasoning is much too facile. Lewis has provided very powerful 
>theoretical arguments for realism about possible worlds (as he understands 
>them).  In a nutshell, he shows (very cleverly) how a variety of philosophical 
>and semantical problems can be solved in terms of possible worlds. He then 
>argues that belief in worlds is justified so long as there is a theory that 
>has similar explanatory value without the ontological cost.    (01)

Sorry, I garbled that. Lewis argues that belief in worlds is justified so long 
as there is NO theory that has similar explanatory value but less of an 
ontological cost.    (02)

-chris    (03)

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