Modality and Meaning

First, as was shown by Parsons (1967, 1969), "commitment" comes in distinct grades of severity (much as did modal "involvement" according to Quine [1966b): (a) At worst, a quantified modal logic might contain some essential sentence as ...

Modality and Meaning

Modality and Meaning

Part I of this book presents a theory of modal metaphysics in the possible-worlds tradition. `Worlds' themselves are understood as structured sets of properties; this `Ersatzist' view is defended against its most vigorous competitors, Meinongianism and David Lewis' theory of existent concrete worlds. Related issues of essentialism and linguistic reference are explored. Part II takes up the question of lexical meaning in the context of possible-world semantics. There are skeptical analyses of analyticity and the notion of a logical constant; and an `infinite polysemy' thesis is defended. The book will be of particular interest to metaphysicians, possible-world semanticists, philosophers of language, and linguists concerned with lexical semantics.

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Modality and Meaning
Language: en
Pages: 338
Authors: W.G. Lycan
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-12-06 - Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Part I of this book presents a theory of modal metaphysics in the possible-worlds tradition. `Worlds' themselves are understood as structured sets of properties; this `Ersatzist' view is defended against its most vigorous competitors, Meinongianism and David Lewis' theory of existent concrete worlds. Related issues of essentialism and linguistic reference
Modality in English
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Raphael Salkie, Pierre Busuttil, Johan van der Auwera
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

This volume presents strongly empirical, corpus-based studies of a range of English modal auxiliaries and modal constructions in specific uses. It also approaches some of the classic issues in the field of modality from new perspectives, notably that of the Theory of Enunciative Operations developed by the French linguist Antoine
Meaning and Modality
Language: en
Pages: 157
Authors: Casimir Lewy
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1976-12-09 - Publisher: CUP Archive

A study of various central and connected topics in philosophical logic and the theory of meaning. There are important sections on the relation between linguistic and abstract entities, on necessity and convention, on meaning, sense and reference, and on entailment. Dr Lewy proposes a number of original solutions to problems
Mind, Modality, Meaning, and Method
Language: en
Pages: 225
Authors: Richard M. Martin
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1983-01-01 - Publisher: SUNY Press

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Modes of Modality
Language: en
Pages: 511
Authors: Elisabeth Leiss, Werner Abraham
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-01-15 - Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

The volume aims at a universal definition of modality or “illocutionary/speaker’s perspective force” that is strong enough to capture the entire range of different subtypes and varieties of modalities in different languages. The central idea is that modality is all-pervasive in language. This perspective on modality allows for the integration