On the relation between modality and tense

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 63 (6):586-604 (2020)
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Abstract

ABSTRACT We critically review two extant paradigms for understanding the systematic interaction between modality and tense, as well as their respective modifications designed to do justice to the contingency of time’s structure and composition. We show that on either type of theory, as well as their respective modifications, some principles prove logically valid whose truth might sensibly be questioned on metaphysical grounds. These considerations lead us to devise a more general logical framework that allows accommodation of those metaphysical views that its predecessors rule out by fiat.

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Sven Rosenkranz
Universitat de Barcelona
Fabrice Correia
University of Geneva

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