Modality

In John Shand (ed.), Central Issues of Philosophy. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 95--106 (2009)
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This is an introduction to the topic of modality in philosophy. Theories of modality seek to explain possibility and necessity in the various ways they come up in our ordinary understanding of the world and in our systematic theorising. Topics covered include distinguishing types of necessity and possibility; possible worlds and their use; de re possibility and necessity; and how we discover modal truths.
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