ersatzism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ersatz +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

ersatzism (uncountable)

  1. (metaphysics) The doctrine that only one concrete world exists, and all other possible worlds are abstract
    • 2008 April 25, Mark Heller, “The Donkey Problem”, Philosophical Studies, volume 140, number 1, DOI:10.1007/s11098-008-9227-z: 
      One of Lewis’s challenges to linguistic ersatzism focuses on the inelimanibility[sic] of modality in connecting different levels of ontological description.

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