1st Edition

Williamson on Modality

Edited By Juhani Yli-Vakkuri, Mark McCullagh Copyright 2017
    418 Pages
    by Routledge

    418 Pages
    by Routledge

    Timothy Williamson is one of the most influential living philosophers working in the areas of logic and metaphysics. His work in these areas has been particularly influential in shaping debates about metaphysical modality, which is the topic of his recent provocative and closely-argued book Modal Logic as Metaphysics (2013). This book comprises ten essays by metaphysicians and logicians responding to Williamson’s work on metaphysical modality, as well as replies by Williamson to each essay. In addition, it contains an original essay by Williamson, ‘Modal science,’ concerning the role of modal claims in natural science. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.

    1. Modal science Timothy Williamson

    2. Higher-order free logic and the Prior-Kaplan paradox Andrew Bacon, John Hawthorne and Gabriel Uzquiano

    Reply to Bacon, Hawthorne and Uzquiano Timothy Williamson

    3. Williamson on Fine on Prior on the reduction of possibilist discourse Kit Fine

    Reply to Fine Timothy Williamson

    4. First-order modal logic in the necessary framework of objects Peter Fritz

    Reply to Fritz Timothy Williamson

    5. Williamson on necessitism Jeremy Goodman

    Reply to Goodman Timothy Williamson

    6. Plurals and modals Øystein Linnebo

    Reply to Linnebo Timothy Williamson

    7. On Williamson and simplicity in modal logic Theodore Sider

    Reply to Sider Timothy Williamson

    8. Models and reality Robert Stalnaker

    Reply to Stalnaker Timothy Williamson

    9. An A-theory without tense operators Meghan Sullivan

    Reply to Sullivan Timothy Williamson

    10. Williamsonian modal epistemology, possibility-based Barbara Vetter

    Reply to Vetter Timothy Williamson

    11. Epistemicism and modality Juhani Yli-Vakkuri

    Appendix to Juhani Yli-Vakkuri’s ‘Epistemicism and Modality’ Peter Fritz

    Reply to Yli-Vakkuri Timothy Williamson


    Juhani Yli-Vakkuri is a Research Affiliate in Philosophy at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo, Norway.

    Mark McCullagh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph, Canada.