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First-Order Modal Logic

Authors: Fitting, M., Mendelsohn, Richard L.

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Fitting and Mendelsohn present a thorough treatment of first-order modal logic, together with some propositional background. They adopt throughout a threefold approach. Semantically, they use possible world models; the formal proof machinery is tableaus; and full philosophical discussions are provided of the way that technical developments bear on well-known philosophical problems.
The book covers quantification itself, including the difference between actualist and possibilist quantifiers; equality, leading to a treatment of Frege's morning star/evening star puzzle; the notion of existence and the logical problems surrounding it; non-rigid constants and function symbols; predicate abstraction, which abstracts a predicate from a formula, in effect providing a scoping function for constants and function symbols, leading to a clarification of ambiguous readings at the heart of several philosophical problems; the distinction between nonexistence and nondesignation; and definite descriptions, borrowing from both Fregean and Russellian paradigms.

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"This Text is an excellent and most useful volume. It is pitched correctly: the exercises are just right... It sets a high standard for anything following. It is to be highly recommended."
(Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, 8:3)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
First-Order Modal Logic
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
277
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-5292-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-5292-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5334-8
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5335-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 292
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