Modality and Explanatory Reasoning

New York: Oxford University Press (2014)
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Abstract

Boris Kment takes a new approach to the study of modality that emphasises the origin of modal notions in everyday thought. He argues that the concepts of necessity and possibility originate in counterfactual reasoning, which allows us to investigate explanatory connections. Contrary to accepted views, explanation is more fundamental than modality.

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Boris Kment
Princeton University

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