woensdag 17 februari 2016
It's metaphysically impossible to be alone
Years ago I argued in this brief paper that the empty world is not a possible world. That is to say, total nothingness is metaphysically impossible. Now, the conclusion of my semantic argument, namely that all positive universally held properties are necessarily universally held, entails that it is also metaphysically impossible to be the only object in the world. In other words, there are no possible worlds that contain only one object. I briefly show how this follows. Consider the property 'being together with others'. This property is clearly positive and universally held. But then it is also necessarily universally held. Hence it is universally held in all possible worlds. So it is indeed metaphysically impossible to be alone in the world.