The Worlds of Possibility: Modal Realism and the Semantics of Modal Logic

Paperback | October 1, 2001

byCharles S. Chihara

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Charles Chihara gives a thorough critical exposition of modal realism, the philosophical doctrine that there exist many possible worlds of which the actual world -- the universe in which we live -- is just one. The striking success of possible-worlds semantics in modal logic has made thisontological doctrine attractive. Modal realists maintain that philosophers must accept the existence of possible worlds if they wish to have the benefit of using possible-worlds semantics to assess modal arguments and explain modal principles. Chihara challenges this claim, and argues instead formodality without worlds; he offers a new account of the role of interpretations or structures of the formal languages of logic.

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Charles Chihara gives a thorough critical exposition of modal realism, the philosophical doctrine that there exist many possible worlds of which the actual world -- the universe in which we live -- is just one. The striking success of possible-worlds semantics in modal logic has made thisontological doctrine attractive. Modal realists ...

Charles S. Chihara is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:October 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Possible Worlds Semantics2. Transworld Identity3. Modal Realism4. Forbes's Anti-Modal Realism5. The Semantics of Classical Predicate Logic6. Modality without Worlds: The Semantics of Modal Sentential Logic7. Quantificational Logic8. Modality without Worlds: Explorations, Developments, and Defences9. Anti-Realism in MathematicsBibliographyIndex