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Modality and Explanatory Reasoning

Boris Kment


Since the groundbreaking work of Saul Kripke, David Lewis, and others in the 1960s and 1970s, one dominant interest of analytic philosophers has been in modal truths, which concern the question of what is possible and what is necessary. However, there is considerable controversy over the source and nature of necessity. This book takes a novel approach to the study of modality that places special emphasis on understanding the origin of modal notions in everyday thought. This book argues that the concepts of necessity and possibility originate in a common type of thought experiment—counterfactua ... More

Keywords: modality, necessity, causation, explanation, counterfactual reasoning, counterfactuals, possible worlds, impossible worlds, essence, grounding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199604685
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Boris Kment, author
Princeton University