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Deontic Modality

Nate Charlow and Matthew Chrisman


An extraordinary amount of recent work by philosophers of language, meta-ethicists, and semanticists has focused on the meaning and function of language expressing normative concepts having to do with what is allowed, forbidden, required, obligatory and so on, in view of the requirements of morality, the law, one’s preferences or goals, what an authority has commanded, etc.—deontic modality, for short. This volume gathers together papers on the cutting edge of recent work on deontic modality by leading figures in the philosophy of language, metaethics, and linguistic semantics. The papers tack ... More

Keywords: normativity, modality, rule, philosophy of language, semantics, metaethics, possible world, metasemantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198717928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nate Charlow, editor
University of Toronto

Matthew Chrisman, editor
University of Edinburgh