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Modality: Metaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology

Bob Hale and Aviv Hoffmann


The philosophy of modality investigates necessity and possibility, and related notions — are they objective features of mind-independent reality? If so, are they irreducible, or can modal facts be explained in other terms? This book presents new work on modality by established leaders in the field and by up-and-coming philosophers. Between them, the chapters address fundamental questions concerning realism and anti-realism about modality, the nature and basis of facts about what is possible and what is necessary, the nature of modal knowledge, modal logic and its relations to necessary existen ... More

Keywords: necessity, possibility, reality, realism, anti-realism, modal knowledge, modal logic

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199565818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bob Hale, editor
University of Sheffield
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Aviv Hoffmann, editor
University of Geneva
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