Modalities: Philosophical Essays by Ruth Barcan Marcus

Modalities: Philosophical Essays

byRuth Barcan Marcus

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Based on her earlier ground-breaking axiomatization of quantified modal logic, the papers collected here by the distinguished philosopher Ruth Barcan Marcus cover much ground in the development of her thought, spanning from 1961 to 1990. The first essay here introduces themes initially viewedas iconoclastic, such as the necessity of identity, the directly referential role of proper names as "tags", the Barcan Formula about the interplay of possibility and existence, and alternative interpretations of quantification. Marcus also addresses the putative puzzles about substitutivity andabout essentialism. The collection also includes influential essays on moral conflict, on belief and rationality, and on some historical figures. Many of her views have been incorporated into current theories, while others remain part of a continuing debate.

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Ruth Barcan Marcus is at Yale University.

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Title:Modalities: Philosophical EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.17 × 6.26 × 0.67 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Modalities and Intensional Languages3. Iterated Deontic Modalities4. Essentialism in Modal Logic5. Essential attributionAppendix: Strict implication, deducibility and the deduction theorem6. Quantification and ontology7. Classes, collections, assortments, and individuals8. Does the principle of substitutivity rest on a mistake?9. Nominalism and the substitutional quantifier10. Moral dilemmas and consistency11. Rationality and believing the impossible12. Spinoza and the ontological proof13. On some post-1920s views of Russell on particularity, identity and individiation14. Possibilia and possible worlds15. A backward look at Quine's animadversions on modalities16. Some revisionary proposals about belief and believing

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Informed by her earlier ground-breaking axiomatizations of quantified modal logic, the papers collected here by the distinguished philosopher Ruth Barcan Marcus cover much ground in the development of her thought from 1961 to 1990. The first essay introduces themes initially viewed as iconoclastic, such as the necessity of identity, the directly referential role of proper names as "tags", the Barcan Formula about the interplay of possibility and existence, and alternative interpretations of quantification. Marcus also addresses the putative puzzles about substitutivity and about essentialism. The collection also includes influential essays on moral conflict, on belief and rationality, and on some historical figures. Though many of her views have been incorporated into current theories, others remain part of continuing philosophical debate.

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"The appearance of this nicely edited collection of fifteen of [the author's] most important philosophical papers, reprinted with minor revisions and corrections, is most opportune, as this often seminal work has recently begun to receive the recognition it deserves."--MathematicalReviews