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Modern Modalities : Studies of the History of Modal Theories from Medieval Nominalism to Logical Positivism

Author: S Knuuttila
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1988.
Series: Synthese Historical Library, Texts and Studies in the History of Logic and Philosophy, 33.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The word "modem" in the title of this book refers primarily to post-medieval discussions, but it also hints at those medieval mo dal theories which were considered modem in contradistinction to ancient conceptions and which in different ways influenced philosophical discussions during the early modem period. The me dieval developments are investigated in the opening paper, 'The Foundations of Modality and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: S Knuuttila
ISBN: 9789400929159 9400929153
OCLC Number: 851386250
Description: 1 online resource (364 pages).
Contents: The Foundations of Modality and Conceivability in Descartes and his Predecessors --
Hobbes's System of Modalities --
Was Leibniz's Deity an Akrates? --
Hegel on Modalities and Monadology --
Plenitude and Contingency: Modal Concepts in Nineteenth Century French Philosophy --
Frege and his German Contemporaries on Alethic Modalities --
From Possibility to Probability: British Discussions on Modality in the Nineteenth Century --
The Failure of Logical Positivism to Cope with Problems of Modal Theory --
Index of Names --
Index of Subjects.
Series Title: Synthese Historical Library, Texts and Studies in the History of Logic and Philosophy, 33.
Responsibility: edited by S. Knuuttila.

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(2) the "statistical" interpretation of modal no- tions where necessity means actuality in all relevant cases or omnitemporal actuality, possibility means actuality in some rel- evant cases or  Read more...

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