Logical Modalities from Aristotle to Carnap: The Story of Necessity

2017.03.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Max Cresswell, Edwin Mares, Adriane Rini (eds.), Logical Modalities from Aristotle to Carnap: The Story of Necessity, Cambridge
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2017.03.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Max Cresswell, Edwin Mares, Adriane Rini (eds.), Logical Modalities from Aristotle to Carnap: The Story of Necessity, Cambridge University Press, 2016, 348pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781107077881. Reviewed by Simo Knuuttila, University of Helsinki In their introduction, the editors say that some years ago, when they were reflecting on modality, possible worlds, and related matters, they started asking where philosophers through the ages have thought that necessity originates and what have they said necessity is. This is the background of this book, which is particularly meant to shed light on how understanding the nature of necessity requires a consideration of its role in logic. Nevertheless, the work is not strictly limited to this theme, and while all papers address modality, not all are about what readers might regard as logical necessity. Some more elaboration of this issue, also hinted at in the title,. . .

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