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International Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 59, Issue 1, March 2019

Ilaria Acquaviva
Pages 5-21
DOI: 10.5840/ipq201912124

Francisco Suárez on Metaphysics of Modality
An Actualist and Essentialist View on Real Possible Beings

In this paper I explore modal metaphysics in regard to Francisco Suárez’s idea of real being (ens inquantum ens reale), in order to track down an early model of the relationship between synchronical alternative states of affairs and the temporal frequency paradigm. In doing so this article will offer an interpretation of Suárez’s doctrine of eternal truths as found in Disputationes Metaphysicae d. 31, c. 12, § 38–§ 47. I argue that Suárez’s modal theory of real possibilities and logical (im)possibilities should be regarded as an actualist and essentialist form of modalism.