Modal Logic as Metaphysics.

Modal Logic as Metaphysics

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  • ISBN 10: 019955207X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199552078


Are there such things as merely possible people, who would have lived if our ancestors had acted differently? Are there future people, who have not yet been conceived? Questions like those raise deep issues about both the nature of being and its logical relations with contingency and change. In Modal Logic as Metaphysics, Timothy Williamson argues for positive answers to those questions on the basis of an integrated approach to the issues, applying thetechnical resources of modal logic to provide structural cores for metaphysical theories. He rejects the search for a metaphysically neutral logic as futile, and proposes higher-order modal logic as a new settingin which to resolve such metaphysical questions scientifically, by the construction of systematic logical theories embodying rival answers and their comparison by normal scientific standards.

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  • Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1
  • Date Published: 2013
  • Authors: Williamson, Timothy