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The nature of necessity

Author: Alvin Plantinga
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2010.
Series: Clarendon library of logic and philosophy.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alvin Plantinga
ISBN: 9780198244141 0198244142
OCLC Number: 1003531929
Description: ix, 255 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Preliminary distinctions and remarks --
Necessity circumscribed --
Modality de dicto and modality de re --
Modality de re: objections --
The problem --
Essentialism and set theoretical reduction --
Essentialism and the number of apostles --
Essentialism and the mathematical cyclist --
Modality de re: explanations --
The locus of necessity --
The kernel function --
Circularity and the kernel function --
Worlds, books, and essential properties --
Worlds --
Books --
Existence and properties in a world --
Actuality --
This world and the actual world --
Relative possiblity --
Truth and truth-in-x --
Necessary truth, and essential properties --
Some putative principles --
What properties are essential to Socrates? --
World-indexed properties --
Could Socrates have been an alligator? --
The necessity of nature --
Essence preliminarily characterized --
The nature of essence --
Essences and proper names --
Hesperus and Phosphorus --
Transworld identity or worldbound individuals? --
The question --
Socrates in x and Socrates in W --
The problem of transworld identity --
The problem stated --
A temporal analogy --
The problem resolved --
Essence and transworld identity --
Does ramsification destroy information? --
Objections to TWI --
Counterpart theory --
Semantic inadequacies of counterpart theory --
Socrates and Xenophon --
Socrates and Socrates-identity --
Possible but unactual objects: the classical argument --
The question --
Modal logic and possible objects --
How shall we take the semantics? --
Pure and applied semantics --
Applied semantics and possible objects --
Are there nonexistent objects? --
The classical argument --
Proper names and negative existentials: Russell --
Proper names and negative existentials: Searle --
Proper names and negative existentials: the historical cain view --
Some varieties of singular existentials --
Possible but unactual objects: on whats there isn't --
Predicative and impredicative singular propositions --
The classical argument fails --
Creatures of fiction --
Names: their function in fiction --
God, Evil, and the metaphysics of freedom --
The problem --
The free will defense --
the objection --
Which worlds could God have created? --
Counterfactuals --
Leibiniz's lapse --
Transworld depravity --
The free will defence triumphant --
God's existence and the amount of moral evil --
God's existence and natural evil --
The probablilistic argument from evil --
God and necessity --
The Anselmian statement --
The argument restated --
The argument examined --
A mistaken modal version --
The argument without possible objects --
The Hartshorne-Malcolm version --
A victorious modal version --
Final objections and reflections --
Apendix --
Quine's objection to quantified modal logic --
The objection initially stated --
Sizeability is not a property --
The objection restated --
The objection examined --
The Hinitikka response --
The Smullyan reply --
Proper terms and aristotelian essentialism --
Modal logic and essentialism --
Quine's charge and professor Marcus --
Quine's charge and professor Parsons --
Essentialism and applied semantics.
Series Title: Clarendon library of logic and philosophy.
Responsibility: Alvin Plantinga.

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