Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology

Paperback | January 4, 2013

EditorBob Hale, Aviv Hoffmann

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The philosophy of modality investigates necessity and possibility, and related notions- a re 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 thefield and by up-and-coming philosophers. Between them, the papers address fundamental questions concerning realism and anti-realism about modality, the nature and basis of facts about what is possible and what is necessary, the nature of modal knowledge, modal logic and its relations to necessary existence and to counterfactual reasoning.The general introduction locates the individual contributions in the wider context of the contemporary discussion of the metaphysics and epistemology of modality.

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The philosophy of modality investigates necessity and possibility, and related notions- a re 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 thefield and by up-and-coming philosophers. Be...

Bob Hale is Professor of Philosophy at Sheffield University. He has been a British Academy Research Reader (1997-99), and a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow (2009-11). He previously taught at the University of Glasgow, the University of St. Andrews, and Lancaster University. He works mainly on the philosophy of mathematics and philoso...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:January 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Bob Hale and Aviv Hoffmann: IntroductionPart I: Metaphysics and Logic1. Robert Stalnaker: Merely Possible PropositionsAviv Hoffmann: Response to Robert Stalnaker2. Ian Rumfitt: Logical Necessity3. Kit Fine: Semantic Necessity4. Timothy Williamson: Modal Logic within Counterfactual Logic5. David Efird: Is Timothy Williamson a Necessary Existent?6. Gideon Rosen: Metaphysical Dependence: Grounding and Reduction7. Ross Cameron: On the Source of Necessity8. Anna Sherratt: The Reality of Modality9. Scott Shalkowksi: IBE, GMR, and Metaphysical Projects10. John Divers: Modal CommitmentsDaniel Nolan: Response to John DiversPart II: Epistemology11. Stephen Yablo: Permission and (So-Called Epistemic) PossibilityDavid Efird: Response to Stephen Yablo12. Frank Jackson: Possible Worlds and the Necessary iA Posteriori/iPenelope Mackie: Response to Frank Jackson13. Scott Sturgeon: Apriorism about ModalityC.S. Jenkins: Response to Scott Sturgeon14. Dominic Gregory: Conceivability and Apparent PossibilityRoss Cameron: Response to Dominic GregoryBibliographyIndex

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