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Modality Metaphysics, Logic, and Epistemology

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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 volume presents new work on modality by established leaders in thefield and by up-and-coming philosophers. Between them, the papers 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 necessaryexistence and to counterfactual reasoning. The general introduction locates the individual contributions in the wider context of the contemporary discussion of the metaphysics and epistemology of modality.

Author Biography

Bob Hale is Professor of Philosophy at Sheffield University. He has been a British Academy Research Reader (1997-99), and a Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow (2009-11). He previously taught at the University of Glasgow, the University of St. Andrews, and Lancaster University. He works mainly on the philosophy of mathematics and philosophical logic.

Aviv Hoffmann is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University of Israel.

Table of Contents

Metaphysics and Logic
Merely Possible Propositions
Response to Robert Stalnaker
Logical Necessity
Semantic Necessity
Modal Logic within Counterfactual Logic
Is Timothy Williamson a Necessary Existent?
Metaphysical Dependence: Grounding and Reduction
On the Source of Necessity
The Reality of Modality
IBE, GMR, and Metaphysical Projects
Modal Commitments
Response to John Divers
Permission and (So-Called Epistemic) Possibility
Response to Stephen Yablo
Possible Worlds and the Necessary i A Posteriori/i
Response to Frank Jackson
Apriorism about Modality
Response to Scott Sturgeon
Conceivability and Apparent Possibility
Response to Dominic Gregory
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