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The Routledge Handbook of Modality

Edited by: Otávio Bueno , Scott A. Shalkowski

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138823310
eBook ISBN: 9781315742144
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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

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Possible worlds Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Actualism  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Counterfactual Conditionals Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Impossibility and impossible worlds Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The origins of logical space Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Essentialism and modality Download PDF
Chapter  7:  De re modality Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Relativized metaphysical modality Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Ontological dependence, grounding and modality Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Modalism Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Modal anti-realism Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Modal conventionalism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Norms and modality Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The integration challenge Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The epistemic idleness of conceivability Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Epistemology, the constitutive, and the principle-based account of modality Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The counterfactual-based approach to modal epistemology Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Modality and a priori knowledge Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Intuition and modality Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Modality and scientific structuralism Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Laws of nature, natural necessity, and counterfactual conditionals Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Natural kinds and modality Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Modality in physics Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Physical and metaphysical modality Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Modality in mathematics Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Modal set theory  Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The logic of metaphysical modality Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Modality and the plurality of logics Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Ancient Greek modal logic Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Modality in medieval philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Modality in Descartes’s philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Hume on modality Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Kant on real possibility Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Quine on modality Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Kripke on modality Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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