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Author Borghini, Andrea, author.

Title A critical introduction to the metaphysics of modality / Andrea Borghini
Published London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016
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Series Bloomsbury critical introductions to contemporary metaphysics
Bloomsbury critical introductions to contemporary metaphysics.
Contents FC; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Framing the debate; 1. The metaphysics of modality: A historical overview; 2. Modal skepticism and modal expressivism; 3. Modalism; 4. Modal realism; 5. Ersatzism; 6. Modal fictionalism and modal agnosticism; 7. The new modal actualism; 8. Necessities, necessary existents, and their bounds; Epilogue: Modal talk and the analyses of modality; Bibliography; Index of Names; Index of Terms
Summary "A Critical Introduction to the Metaphysics of Modality examines the eight main contemporary theories of possibility behind a central metaphysical topic. Covering modal skepticism, modal expressivism, modalism, modal realism, ersatzism, modal fictionalism, modal agnosticism, and the new modal actualism, this comprehensive introduction to modality places contemporary debates in an historical context. Beginning with a historical overview, Andrea Borghini discusses Parmenides and Zeno; looks at how central Medieval authors such as Aquinas, and Buridan prepared the ground for the Early Modern radical views of Leibniz, Spinoza, and Hume and discusses advancements in semantics in the later-half of the twentieth century a resulted in the rise of modal metaphysics, the branch characterizing the past few decades of philosophical reflection. Framing the debate according to three main perspectives - logical, epistemic, metaphysical- Borghini provides the basic concepts and terms required to discuss modality. With suggestions of further reading and end-of-chapter study questions, A Critical Introduction to the Metaphysics of Modality is an up-to-date resource for students working in contemporary metaphysics seeking a better understanding of this crucial topic."--Bloomsbury Publishing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-217) and indexes
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed January 21, 2016)
Subject Metaphysics.
Modality (Linguistics)
Modality (Logic)
Modality (Linguistics)
Modality (Logic)
Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1472521943