What are centered worlds?
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2012
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The Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 62, Issue 247, pages 294–316, April 2012
How to Cite
Liao, S.-y. (2012), What are centered worlds?. The Philosophical Quarterly, 62: 294–316. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2011.00042.x
- Issue published online: 21 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2012
David Lewis argues that centered worlds give us a way to capture de se, or self-locating, contents in philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. In recent years, centered worlds have also gained other uses in areas ranging widely from metaphysics to ethics. This paper raises a problem for centered worlds and discusses the costs and benefits of different solutions. The present investigation into the nature of centered worlds helps to explicate potentially problematic implicit commitments of the theories that employ them. In addition, this investigation reveals that the conception of centered worlds widely attributed to David Lewis is not only problematic, but in fact not his.