Modality

Justin Clarke-Doane (Columbia University)

May 2015

Date / Time: May 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 (2-4:30 pm)
Location: Varies (see below)

(Lecture 1) Modal Metaphysics (May 18) – 600 Renwen
Parent, Ted. “Modal Metaphysics,” The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Available online at: http://www.iep.utm.edu/mod-illu/#H8
Melia, Joseph. [2003] Modality. Chesham: Acumen, Chapter 1
Kripke, Saul, [1980] Naming and Necessity. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Chapter 3.

(Lecture 2) Conceivability and Possibility (May 20) – 500 Renwen
Yablo, Stephen. [1993] Is Conceivability a Guide to Possibility. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 53: 1–42. Available online at: http://web.mit.edu/~yablo/www/isconposs.pdf
Chalmers, David. [2002] “Does Conceivability Entail Possibility”, in J. Hawthorne & T. Gendler (eds.), Conceivability and Possibility, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available online at:
http://consc.net/papers/conceivability.html
Duffy, Leigh. “Modal Illusions,” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Available online at: http://www.iep.utm.edu/mod-illu/

(Lecture 3) Possible and Impossible (May 22) – 600 Rewen
Berto, Francesco. “Impossible Worlds,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  Available online at: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/impossible-worlds/
Nolan, Daniel. Nolan, Daniel. [1997] “Impossible Worlds: A Modest Approach.” Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic. Vol. 38. 535 – 572.

(Lecture 4) The Extent of Metaphysical Necessity (May 25) – 600 Renwen
Mortensen, Chris. [1989] “Anything is Possible.” Erkenntnis. Vol. 30. 319—337.
Nolan, Daniel. [2011] “The Extent of Metaphysical Necessity.” Philosophical Perspectives. Vol. 25. 313-339.

(Lecture 5) Modal Pluralism (May 27) – 500 Renwen
Clarke-Doane, Justin. “The Insignificance of Metaphysical Necessity.”