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Modality : metaphysics, logic, and epistemology

Author: Bob Hale; Aviv Hoffmann
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
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The philosophy of modality investigates necessity and possibility, and related notions--are they objective features of mind-independent reality? If so, are they irreducible, or can modal facts be explained in other terms? This volume presents new work on modality by established leaders in the field and by up-and-coming philosophers. Between them, the papers address fundamental questions concerning realism and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Hale; Aviv Hoffmann
ISBN: 9780199671502 0199671508
OCLC Number: 810946928
Description: vi, 363 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction ; PART I: METAPHYSICS AND LOGIC ; 1. Merely Possible Propositions ; Response to Robert Stalnaker ; 2. Logical Necessity ; 3. Semantic Necessity ; 4. Modal Logic within Counterfactual Logic ; 5. Is Timothy Williamson a Necessary Existent? ; 6. Metaphysical Dependence: Grounding and Reduction ; 7. On the Source of Necessity ; 8. The Reality of Modality ; 9. IBE, GMR, and Metaphysical Projects ; 10. Modal Commitments ; Response to John Divers ; PART II: EPISTEMOLOGY ; 11. Permission and (So-Called Epistemic) Possibility ; Response to Stephen Yablo ; 12. Possible Worlds and the Necessary A Posteriori ; Response to Frank Jackson ; 13. Apriorism about Modality ; Response to Scott Sturgeon ; 14. Conceivability and Apparent Possibility ; Response to Dominic Gregory ; Bibliography ; Index
Responsibility: edited by Bob Hale and Aviv Hoffmann.
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The philosophy of modality investigates necessity and possibility, and related notions-are they objective features of mind-independent reality? If so, are they irreducible, or can modal facts be  Read more...

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Modality is a fine collection that will have wide appeal. Its chief value is in the sceptical reflections on modality to which it will prompt many readers. Arif Ahmed, Mind

 
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