We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

The alien paradox.

Tugby, Matthew (2015) 'The alien paradox.', Analysis., 75 (1). pp. 28-37.


Platonism delivers a theory of possibility that is distinct from both Lewisian modal realism and ersatz modal theories. By putting the topic of alien properties at centre stage in our modal theorizing, a strong preliminary case for platonism can be made. A puzzle about alien properties is created by modern truthmaker theory and some plausible assumptions about properties and existence. But this puzzle is one that platonism is able to solve in a simple and conservative way.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Platonism, Possibility, Alien properties, Truthmaking.
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Analysis following peer review. The version of record Tugby, Matthew (2015) 'The alien paradox.', Analysis., 75 (1). pp. 28-37 is available online at:
Date accepted:30 October 2014
Date deposited:03 August 2015
Date of first online publication:01 December 2014
Date first made open access:No date available

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar