Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality

Essays in the Metaphysics of Modality

by Alvin Plantinga
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195103777

ISBN-13: 9780195103779

Pub. Date: 03/27/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Perhaps no one has done more in the last 30 years to advance thinking in the metaphysics of modality than has Alvin Plantinga. Collected here are some of his most important essays on this influential subject. Dating back from the late 1960's to the present, they chronicle the development of Plantinga's thoughts about some of the most fundamental issues in

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Perhaps no one has done more in the last 30 years to advance thinking in the metaphysics of modality than has Alvin Plantinga. Collected here are some of his most important essays on this influential subject. Dating back from the late 1960's to the present, they chronicle the development of Plantinga's thoughts about some of the most fundamental issues in metaphysics: what is the nature of abstract objects like possible worlds, properties, propositions, and such phenomena? Are there possible but non-actual objects? Can objects that do not exist exemplify properties? Plantinga gives thorough and penetrating answers to all of these questions and many others.

This volume contains some of the best work in metaphysics from the past 30 years, and will remain a source of critical contention and keen interest among philosophers of metaphysics and philosophical logic for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195103779
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/27/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1De Re et De Dicto25
2World and Essence46
3Transworld Identity or Worldbound Individuals?72
4The Nature of Necessity, Chapter VIII90
5Actualism and Possible Worlds103
6The Boethian Compromise122
7De Essentia139
8On Existentialism158
9Reply to John L. Pollock176
10Two Concepts of Modality: Modal Realism and Modal Reductionism192
11Why Propositions Cannot Be Concrete229
Index235

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