Readership: Scholars and advanced students of logic and metaphysics.
Timothy Williamson, University of Oxford
Timothy Williamson is the Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College Oxford. He was previously Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh, and has also taught at Trinity College Dublin, and as a visitor at MIT, Princeton, the Australian National University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and elsewhere. He has published dentity and Discrimination (Wiley-Blackwell, 1990), Vagueness (Routledge, 1994), Knowledge and its Limits (Clarendon Press, 2000), The Philosophy of Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell,
2007), and many articles on logic and philosophy.
"I am inclined to say that Modal Logic as Metaphysics is the greatest ever integrated study of the logic and the metaphysics of modality: it is almost certainly the most comprehensive. [It] is also, in my judgment, the most important book on the metaphysics of modality since On The Plurality of Worlds" - John Divers, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
"a very important addition to the literature... clear, meticulous, and ingenious... This tightly argued book contains a large number of interesting arguments, claims, observations, and comments on a wide variety of topics in modal logic and metaphysics. It reminds us that there
is much useful philosophizing to be done beyond an incredulous stare." - Takashi Yagisawa, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"the issues raised by the book are among the most important in current work on modal metaphysics, and I very much hope that all metaphysicians of modality make the effort required to come to terms with its many ideas and arguments." - M. L. Cresswell, The Philosophical Quarterly,
1: Contingentism and Necessitism
2: The Barcan Formula and its Converse: Early Developments
3: Possible Worlds Model Theory
4: Predication and Modality
5: From First-Order to Higher-Order Modal Logic
6: Intensional Comprehension Principles and Metaphysics
7: Mappings between Contingentist and Necessitist Discourse
8: Consequences of necessitism