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Necessary Beings: An Essay on Ontology, Modality, and the Relations Between Them

Bob Hale


This essay is concerned with two central areas of metaphysics: modality—the theory of necessity, possibility and other related notions; and ontology—the general study of what kinds of entities there are. Its overarching purpose is to develop and defend two quite general theses—that questions about what kinds of things there are cannot be properly understood or adequately answered without recourse to considerations about possibility and necessity, and that, conversely, questions about the nature and basis of necessity and possibility cannot be satisfactorily tackled without drawing on what migh ... More

Keywords: modality, ontology, necessity, possibility, existence, essence, metaphysics, logic, knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669578
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bob Hale, author
Sheffield University