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The Routledge Handbook of Modality

ISBN 9781138823310
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
432 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Modality - the question of what is possible and what is necessary - is a fundamental area of philosophy and philosophical research. The Routledge Handbook of Modality is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising thirty-five chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook is divided into seven clear parts:

  • worlds and modality
  • essentialism, ontological dependence, and modality
  • modal anti-realism
  • epistemology of modality
  • modality in science
  • modality in logic and mathematics
  • modality in the history of philosophy.

Within these sections the central issues, debates and problems are examined, including possible worlds, essentialism, counterfactuals, ontological dependence, modal fictionalism, deflationism, the integration challenge, conceivability, a priori knowledge, laws of nature, natural kinds, and logical necessity.

The Routledge Handbook of Modality is essential reading for students and researchers in epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of language. It will also be very useful for those in related fields in philosophy such as philosophy of mathematics, logic and philosophy of science.

Table of Contents

Introduction .Modal Matters: Philosophical Significance Otávio Bueno and Scott A. Shalkowski

Part 1: Worlds and Modality

1. Possible Worlds Michael De

2. Actualism Karen Bennett

3. Counterfactual Conditionals Dorothy Edgington

4. Impossibility and Impossible Worlds Daniel Nolan

5. Origins of Logical Space Brian Leftow

Part 2: Essentialism, Ontological Dependence, and Modality

6. Essentialism and Modality Penelope Mackie

7. De Re Modality Boris Kment

8. Relativized Metaphysical Modality: Index and Context Benj Hellie, Adam Russell Murray, and Jessica Wilson

9. Ontological Dependence, Grounding, and Modality Fabrice Correia

10. Modalism Scott A. Shalkowski

Part 3: Modal Anti-Realism

11. Modal Anti-Realism John Divers

12. Modal Conventionalism Ross Cameron

13. Norms and Modality Amie Thomasson

Part 4: Epistemology of Modality

14. The Integration Challenge Sonia Roca-Royes

15. The Epistemic Idleness of Conceivability M. Oreste Fiocco

16. Epistemology, the Constitutive, and the Principle-Based Account of Modality Christopher Peacocke

17. Counterfactual-Based Approach Tim Williamson

18. Modality and A priori Knowledge Albert Casullo

19. Intuition and Modality: A Disjunctive-Social Account of Intuition-Based Justification in the Epistemology of Modality Anand Vaidya

Part 5: Modality and the Metaphysics of Science

20. Modality and Scientific Structuralism Steven French

21. Laws of Nature, Natural Necessity, and Counterfactual Conditionals Marc Lange

22. Natural Kinds and Modality Alexander Bird

23. Modality in Physics Samuel C. Fletcher

24. Physical and Metaphysical Modality Ned Hall

Part 6: Modality in Logic and Mathematics

25. Modality in Mathematics Øystein Linnebo and Stewart Shapiro

26. Modal Set Theory Christopher Menzel

27. The Logic of Metaphysical Modality Bob Hale

28. Modality and the Plurality of Logics Otávio Bueno

Part 7: Modality in the History of Philosophy

29. Ancient Greek Modal Logic Robin Smith

30. Modality in Medieval Philosophy Stephen Read

31. Modality in Descartes’s Philosophy Alan Nelson

32. Hume on Modality Peter Millican

33. Kant on Real Possibility Nick Stang

34. Quine on Modality Roberta Ballarin

35. Kripke on Modality John Burgess.


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Otávio Bueno is Professor of Philosophy and Cooper Senior Scholar in Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami, USA. He is co-author of Applying Mathematics: Immersion, Inference, Interpretation (2018), and editor in chief of Synthese and of the Synthese Library book series.

Scott A. Shalkowski is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds, UK. With Otávio Bueno he is an author of the forthcoming Routledge book Epistemology of Modality.