Possible Girls

Abstract: I argue that if David Lewis’ modal realism is true, modal realists from different possible worlds can fall in love with each other. I offer a method for uniquely picking out possible people who are in love with us and not with our counterparts. Impossible lovers and trans-world love letters are considered. Anticipating objections, I argue that we can stand in the right kinds of relations to merely possible people to be in love with them and that ending a transworld relationship to start a relationship with an actual person isn’t cruel to one’s otherworldly lover.

Cf. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/14/everyone-has-a-date-this-valentines-day-just-maybe-not-in-this-world/

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