Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers
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Modality and Tense: Philosophical Papers

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ISBN-13:
9780199278701
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.07.2005
Seiten:
396
Autor:
Kit Fine
Gewicht:
730 g
Format:
234x156x22 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Drawing together a series of essays on possibility, necessity, and tense, this book covers areas, such as: the possible-worlds analysis of counterfactuals; the compatibility of special relativity with presentism; and the nature of first-personal experience. It also argues for the existence of distinctive forms of natural and normative necessity.
Introduction; I. ISSUES IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE; 1. Reference, Essence, and Identity; 2. The Problem of De Re Modality; 3. Quine on Quantifying In; II. ISSUES IN ONTOLOGY; 4. Prior on the Construction of Possible Worlds and Instants; 5. Plantinga on the Reduction of Possibilist Discourse; 6. The Problem of Possibilia; III. ISSUES IN METAPHYSICS; 7. The Varieties of Necessity; 8. The Reality of Tense; 9. Necessity and Non-Existence; IV. REVIEWS; 10. Review of Lewis's 'Counterfactuals'; 11. Review of Plantinga's 'Nature of Necessity'
Kit Fine has since the 1970s been one of the leading contributors to work at the intersection of logic and metaphysics. This is his eagerly-awaited first book in the area. It draws together a series of essays, three of them previously unpublished, on possibility, necessity, and tense. These puzzling aspects of the way the world is have been the focus of considerable philosophical attention in recent decades. A helpful introduction orients the reader and offers away into some of the most original work in contemporary philosophy.