Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Modality in Flux
by Willer, Malte, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2010, 222; 3484425
Abstract (Summary)

I develop a novel semantic theory for modals that has important consequences for contemporary work in epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. My theory replaces the dominant view about semantics—that our best theory of meaning should ascribe truth-conditions to modalized sentences—with a non-truth-conditional yet fully compositional semantics for modals. Its contributions to current debates in analytic philosophy include an explanation of the possibility of modal disagreement that avoids relativism, a solution to the paradoxes about conditional obligations (including the gentle murder paradox), and new impulses for a generalized solution to the Frege-Geach problem for noncognitivism.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Asher, Nicholas M., Dever, Joshua
School: The University of Texas at Austin
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 73/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy
Keywords: Conditionals, Deontic modals, Dynamic semantics, Epistemic modals
Publication Number: 3484425
ISBN: 978-1-267-00223-5
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