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  • Possible Worlds: Why Do Children Pretend? By Alison Gopnik

    In the essay “Possible Worlds: Why do Children Pretend?” by Alison Gopnik she explains her theory of counterfactual thinking and the result of that being possible worlds. Gopnik suggests that counterfactuals are the possibilities of what could have occurred in life. These counterfactuals are the cause, and the effect is the creation of possible worlds. Gopnik defines possible worlds as “the productions of hope and imagination” (163). Possible worlds are seen as the result of a counterfactual; they are the possibilities of what could have happened. Alison Gopnik also speaks on how knowledge and imagination coincide to form these possible worlds. According to Gopnik causal knowledge is knowing that because two things are connected you can figure…

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  • Informative Essay: Is World Government Possible

    Is World Government Possible or Desirable While surfing the net, reading e-books I found some ideas, some predictions, about the possibility of World Government. Authors who worked on this problem, published their ideas and argued the situation on their books. However, since todays world is not lead as one government, authors write their discussions such as "What if ?", because as I said, this is just a thought that one day may occur or not. My goal in this paper…

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  • Possible Worlds Theory

    Possible worlds theory and immersion depend on each other: Individuals have to accept or at least have understanding of diversity in worlds in order to be able to immerse into one of these (textual) worlds. Immersion in itself is only possible if the individual is capable of suspending the disbelief that only one world can exist and the prevailing laws in this world will be overthrown during the time of immersion. What is known to be the real world for an individual must not necessarily be the…

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  • Parmenides Argument For The Existence Of God

    with Maria. The principle of “ex nihilo nihil” is quite important to his argument about the perfection of the world. It is impossible that the world could be created from nothing, since, according to Parmenides, “what is not” cannot exist. From this premise, he argues that since there is nothing that can be called what-is-not the world cannot have any deficiencies, since deficiency would imply the existence of “what-is-not. While this argument is logical, the next step he takes is less…

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  • Lewis Counterfactual Analysis

    Take our example of kicking a ball for example, in which had I not kicked the ball, then in a possible world it may well have been picked up in a gust of wind. Consequently, it seems that P and Q’s counterfactual dependance is not enough to establish their causal relation (Goodman, 1947). This is the focus of David Lewis, whose aim is to make a reductive conceptual understanding of event causation through the use of counterfactual analysis, and one of the main tools he employs is that of…

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  • Why Do Fiction Exist

    It is vacuously true iff there are no possible worlds where f is told as known fact” . Simply put, a fictional scenario can exist in a possible world where those existing in said world takes a book such as The Hobbit as a true account as well as the events in the book actually being true. Having a possible world where the fictional account is a true one means that because the fictional book is the same in the actual world and the other possible world, one can say that the fictional characters…

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  • Examples Of Modal Realism

    would one need to believe in it? What problems is modal realism proposed to solve? What problems accepting modal realism might create? In this essay I am going to explain what Modal Realism is the reasons people will choose to believe in it and the reasons people will not. I will outline the problems of Modality and how Possible World Theory, and extended on to that Modal Realism, will be able to solve it. I will then move onto the weaknesses of Modal Realism, concentrating on the idea…

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  • The Possible Causes And Consequences Of World War Two

    World War Two was a devastating conflict that encompassed the world and caused the death of over 50 million people including those who died from atomic weapons. The atomic bombs were major weapons in the second conflict that engulfed the world. Even though the bombs led to the death of thousands, it helped save thousands more. The use of the atomic weapons was required to end World War Two. The Second World War was a major conflict that enveloped the world. About thirty-five to sixty million…

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  • The Possible Causes And Consequences Of World War II

    World War II, was one of the most tragic wars of the 20th Century. Lots of lives were lost, as the world witnessed what happens, when hate and racism controls a war. Many countries, will be forever changed, because of what took place during those few years of battle. Looking back, one person might ask how this happened. What triggered WWII? The aftermath of the World War I, and the leadership of Hitler can be considered causes of WWII. After World War I, Germany was put on the hot seat by the…

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  • Gopnik's Possible Worlds: Why Do Children Pretend?

    people’s life have been based on religious beliefs until a new scientific window has taken its place for many people. Scientists have created a possible world of looking at things from a scientific window where they believe it is based on facts and evidence and religion is not. These two possibility of worlds of religion and science are related to Alison Gopnik’s essay, “Possible Worlds: Why Do Children Pretend?” Gopnik speaks of the possible worlds people create with their own mind and…

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