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Williamson on Modality

ISBN 9781138739499
Published July 20, 2017 by Routledge
418 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.