The Worlds of Possibility: Modal Realism and the Semantics of Modal Logic

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A powerful challenge to some highly influential theories, this book offers a thorough critical exposition of modal realism, the philosophical doctrine that many possible worlds exist of which our own universe is just one. Chihara challenges this claim and offers a new argument for modality without worlds.

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Charles S. Chihara is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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`Chihara's book is a commendable source to everyone not yet familiar with the foundational issues.' Years Work in English Studies

`exciting ...Chihara's account of the relationship between formal and informal semantics is interesting, clever and persuasive.' Michael Byrd, Brit. Jl. Phil Sci. 51, No.2 (2000).

`Chihara has produced an excellent book. It contains careful and penetrating criticisms of some of the leading modal metaphysical positions today, it forces us to rethink the fundamentals of applied semantics and it contains a new and exciting way of understanding possible worlds semantics without possible worlds. In short, this book is a deep and important contribution to our understanding of modality.' Michael Byrd, Brit. Jl. Phil Sci. 51, No.2 (2000).

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