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Necessity Lost: Modality and Logic in Early Analytic Philosophy, Volume 1

Sanford Shieh


A long tradition, going back to Aristotle, conceives of logic in terms of necessity and possibility: a deductive argument is correct if the truth of its conclusion follows necessarily from the truth of its premises or, put differently, if it is not possible for the conclusion to be false when the premises are true. A relatively unknown feature of the analytic tradition in philosophy is that, at its very inception, this venerable conception of the relation between logic and modality was put into question. The founders of analytic philosophy, Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell, held that there a ... More

Keywords: Logic, necessity, possibility, analytic philosophy, truth, thought, knowledge, mind, reality, logical positivism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228645
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199228645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanford Shieh, author
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Wesleyan University