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

Charles S. Chihara


This book gives a 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 this ontological 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. The book challenges this claim, and argues instead for modality without worlds; it ... More

Keywords: modal realism, possible worlds, semantics, modal logic, modality without worlds, universe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246557
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles S. Chihara, author
University of California, Berkeley
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