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Being Necessary: Themes of Ontology and Modality from the Work of Bob Hale

Ivette Fred-Rivera and Jessica Leech


What is the relationship between ontology and modality: between what there is, and what there could be, must be, or might have been? Throughout a distinguished career, Bob Hale’s work has addressed this question on a number of fronts, through the development of a Fregean approach to ontology, an essentialist theory of modality, and in his work on neo-logicism in the philosophy of mathematics. This collection of new essays engages with these themes in Hale’s work in order to make further progress in our understanding of ontology, modality, and the relations between them. Some essays directly ad ... More

Keywords: essence, Bob Hale, metaphysics, modal epistemology, modality, necessity, neo-logicism, ontology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198792161
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198792161.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ivette Fred-Rivera, editor
Professor of Humanities and Philosophy, University of Puerto Rico

Jessica Leech, editor
Lecturer in Philosophy, King's College London