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The Actual and the Possible: Modality and Metaphysics in Modern Philosophy

Mark Sinclair


This volume offers a selection of essays by leading specialists on modality and the metaphysics of modality in the history of modern philosophy, from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. It revisits key moments in the history of modern modal doctrines, and illuminates lesser-known moments of that history. With this historical approach, the book aims to contextualize and even to offer alternatives to dominant positions within the contemporary philosophy of modality. Hence the volume contains not only new scholarship on the early-modern doctrines of Baruch Spinoza, G. W. Leibniz, Christia ... More

Keywords: modality, metaphysics, modern philosophy, possibility, actuality

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786436
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Sinclair, editor
Manchester Metropolitan University

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