Possibility

Paperback | March 15, 2011

byMichael Jubien

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Possibility offers a new analysis of the metaphysical concepts of possibility and necessity, one that does not rely on any sort of 'possible worlds'. The analysis proceeds from an account of the notion of a physical object and from the positing of properties and relations. It is motivatedby considerations about how we actually speak of and think of objects. Michael Jubien discusses several closely related topics, including different purported varieties of possible worlds, the doctrine of 'essentialism', natural kind terms, and alleged examples of necessity a posteriori. The bookalso offers a new theory of the functioning of proper names, both actual and fictional, and the discussion of natural kind terms and necessity a posteriori depends in part on this theory.

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Possibility offers a new analysis of the metaphysical concepts of possibility and necessity, one that does not rely on any sort of 'possible worlds'. The analysis proceeds from an account of the notion of a physical object and from the positing of properties and relations. It is motivatedby considerations about how we actually speak...

Michael Jubien majored in mathematics and minored in philosophy at Dartmouth College. He received the Ph.D. in philosophy and logic from the Rockefeller University in 1972 under the direction of Saul Kripke. He has taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the University of California, Da...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.99 × 5.24 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019959628X

ISBN - 13:9780199596287

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Concrete Entities2. Abstract Entities3. Against Possible Worlds4. The Core Analysis5. Proper Names6. Fictional Names7. Natural Kind Terms