Epistemic Modality

Paperback | June 29, 2011

EditorAndy Egan, Brian Weatherson

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There is a lot that we don't know. That means that there are a lot of possibilities that are, epistemically speaking, open. For instance, we don't know whether it rained in Seattle yesterday. So, for us at least, there is an epistemic possibility where it rained in Seattle yesterday, and onewhere it did not. What are these epistemic possibilities? They do not match up with metaphysical possibilities - there are various cases where something is epistemically possible but not metaphysically possible, and vice versa. How do we understand the semantics of statements of epistemic modality?The ten new essays in this volume explore various answers to these questions, including those offered by contextualism, relativism, and expressivism.

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There is a lot that we don't know. That means that there are a lot of possibilities that are, epistemically speaking, open. For instance, we don't know whether it rained in Seattle yesterday. So, for us at least, there is an epistemic possibility where it rained in Seattle yesterday, and onewhere it did not. What are these epistemic po...

Andy Egan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has held positions at Western Washing...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:June 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019959158X

ISBN - 13:9780199591589

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Table of Contents

1. Brian Weatherson and Andy Egan: Introduction: Epistemic Modals and Epistemic Modality2. Frank Jackson: Possibilities for Representation and Credence: Two-Space-ism vs. One-Space-ism3. David Chalmers: The Nature of Epistemic Space4. Robert Stalnaker: Conditional Propositions and Conditional Assertions5. Jonathan Schaffer: Perspective in Taste Predicates and Epistemic Modals6. Kai von Fintel and Anthony Gillies: 'Might' Made Right7. Kent Bach: Perspectives on Possibilities: Contextualism, Relativism, or What?8. John MacFarlane: Epistemic Modals are Assessment-Sensitive9. Seth Yalcin: Nonfactualism about Epistemic Modals10. Eric Swanson: How Not to Theorize about the Language of Subjective Uncertainty11. Stephen Yablo: A Problem about Permission and Possibility