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The Worlds of PossibilityModal Realism and the Semantics of Modal Logic$
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Charles S. Chihara

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246557.001.0001

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Modality without Worlds III

Modality without Worlds III

Explorations, Developments, and Defences

(p.260) 8 Modality without Worlds III
The Worlds of Possibility

Charles S. Chihara

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores, develops, and defends some of the major features of the anti-realist position. One feature of Graeme Forbes's anti-realistic analysis of modal logic is the absence of any substantial discussion of the role of possible worlds models or structures. Forbes wrote as if the only philosophically significant semantical connection between the formal language of box and diamond and the language of possible worlds was to be given by his reverse translation doctrine. The history of mathematics and logic is filled with great advances achieved as a result of work done with such structures; and it is hard to believe that these models of modal logic are not somehow intimately connected with the semantical features of the formal sentences that are treated by the logic.

Keywords:   Graeme Forbes, modal logic, semantics, formal language, logic, Alvin Plantinga, transworld identity, mathematics, anti-realism

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