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dc.contributor.advisorFine, Arthur
dc.contributor.authorEnden, Brian Lars
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-14T22:42:03Z
dc.date.available2017-02-14T22:42:03Z
dc.date.submitted2016-12
dc.identifier.otherEnden_washington_0250E_16725.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/38197
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--University of Washington, 2016-12
dc.description.abstractThe integration challenge for modality states that metaphysical theories of modality tend to fail in one of two ways: either they render the meanings of modal sentences mysterious, or they render modal knowledge mysterious. I argue that there are specific semantic and epistemic constraints on metaphysics implied by the integration challenge and that a plausible metaphysical theory of modality will satisfy both of them. I further argue that no popular metaphysical theory of modality simultaneously satisfies both of the constraints. Therefore, a new metaphysical theory of modality is needed, one that can offer a clear response to the integration challenge. I attempt to supply the needed theory and show that it satisfies the constraints of the integration challenge. The overall result is an argument for a new and unique metaphysical theory of modality that I call constructionism.
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dc.subjectIntegration
dc.subjectModality
dc.subjectNecessity
dc.subjectPossibility
dc.subjectWay-View
dc.subjectWorld
dc.subject.otherMetaphysics
dc.subject.otherEpistemology
dc.subject.otherLanguage
dc.subject.otherphilosophy
dc.titleModal Truth: Integrating the Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Semantics of the Necessary and the Possible
dc.typeThesis
dc.embargo.termsOpen Access


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