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Modalities: Philosophical Essays

Ruth Barcan Marcus


This book is a collection of papers by Ruth Barcan Marcus, covering much ground in the development of her thought, and spanning from 1961 to 1990. Many of the papers deal with logical, semantic, metaphysical, and epistemological issues in intensional logic, and in particular, modalities. Some important themes that run through these papers are extensionality, the necessity of identity, the directly referential conception of proper names as “tags,” essentialism, substitutional quantification, and possibilia and possible worlds. What emerges from them is a robust defense of quantified modal logic ... More

Keywords: belief, deontic logic, essentialism, Ruth Barcan Marcus, modal logic, moral dilemmas, philosophy of logic, proper names, quantified modal logic, Quine, rationality, Russell, Spinoza, substitutional quantification, tags

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195096576
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195096576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Barcan Marcus, author
Yale University
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