The Resource Mere Possibilities : Metaphysical Foundations of Modal Semantics, Robert Stalnaker

Mere Possibilities : Metaphysical Foundations of Modal Semantics, Robert Stalnaker

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Mere Possibilities : Metaphysical Foundations of Modal Semantics
Title
Mere Possibilities
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Metaphysical Foundations of Modal Semantics
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Robert Stalnaker
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  • eng
  • eng
Summary
"It seems reasonable to believe that there might have existed things other than those that in fact exist, or have existed. But how should we understand such claims? Standard semantic theories exploit the Leibnizian metaphor of a set of all possible worlds: a proposition might or must be true if it is true in some or all possible worlds. The actualist, who believes that nothing exists except what actually exists, prefers to talk of possible states of the world, or of ways that a world might be. But even the actualist still faces the problem of explaining what we are talking about when we talk about the domains of other possible worlds. In Mere Possibilities, Robert Stalnaker develops a framework for clarifying this problem, and explores a number of actualist strategies for solving it. Some philosophers have hypothesized a realm of individual essences that stand as proxies for all merely possible beings. Others have argued that we are committed to the necessary existence of everything that does or might exist. In contrast, Mere Possibilities shows how we can make sense of ordinary beliefs about what might and must exist without making counterintuitive metaphysical commitments. The book also sheds new light on the nature of metaphysical theorizing by exploring the interaction of semantic and metaphysical issues, the connections between different metaphysical issues, and the nature of ontological commitment."--Dust jacket
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Stalnaker, Robert
Dewey number
111
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no index present
Intended audience
Specialized
Language note
English
LC call number
BC199.P7
LC item number
S73 2012
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non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Carl G. Hempel lecture series
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  • Metaphysics
  • Modality (Logic)
  • Possibility
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Mere Possibilities : Metaphysical Foundations of Modal Semantics, Robert Stalnaker
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-159) and index
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online resource
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Contents
On what there isn't (but might have been) -- Merely possible possible worlds -- What is Haecceitism, and is it true? -- Disentangling semantics from metaphysics -- Modal realism, modal rationalism, modal naturalism -- Appendix A : modeling contingently existing propositions -- Appendix B : propositional functions and properties -- Appendix C : a model for a mighty language -- Appendix D : counterpart semantics for the cheap Haecceitist
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unknown
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1 online resource (182 p.)
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online
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9786613379665
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computer
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  • c
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)769343165
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  • (EXLCZ)992670000000132890
Label
Mere Possibilities : Metaphysical Foundations of Modal Semantics, Robert Stalnaker
Publication
Manufacture
Copyright
Note
Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-159) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Contents
On what there isn't (but might have been) -- Merely possible possible worlds -- What is Haecceitism, and is it true? -- Disentangling semantics from metaphysics -- Modal realism, modal rationalism, modal naturalism -- Appendix A : modeling contingently existing propositions -- Appendix B : propositional functions and properties -- Appendix C : a model for a mighty language -- Appendix D : counterpart semantics for the cheap Haecceitist
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (182 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9786613379665
Media category
computer
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)2670000000132890
  • (EBL)827802
  • (OCoLC)769343165
  • (SSID)ssj0000638502
  • (PQKBManifestationID)11401921
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000638502
  • (PQKBWorkID)10726870
  • (PQKB)11355140
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC827802
  • (StDuBDS)EDZ0000515125
  • (MdBmJHUP)muse37102
  • (EXLCZ)992670000000132890

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