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Modal Logic as Metaphysics
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Modal Logic as Metaphysics

Timothy Williamson

Abstract

Are there such things as merely possible people, who would have lived if our ancestors had acted differently? Are there future people, who have not yet been conceived? The book argues for positive answers to these and similar questions about contingency and change, applying the technical resources of modal logic to provide structural cores for metaphysical theories. The search for a metaphysically neutral logic is rejected as futile. There is detailed historical discussion of how the metaphysical issues emerged in the twentieth-century development of quantified modal logic, through the work of ... More

Keywords: metaphysics, modality, logic, contingency, necessity, quantifiers, abduction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199552078
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552078.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Williamson, author
University of Oxford

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