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Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Semantical Essays

Possible Worlds and their Rivals

Authors: Cresswell, M.J.

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Over a longer period than I sometimes care to contemplate I have worked on possible-worlds semantics. The earliest work was in modal logic, to which I keep returning, but a sabbatical in 1970 took me to UCLA, there to discover the work of Richard Montague in applying possible-worlds semantics to natural lan­ guage. My own version of this appeared in Cresswell (1973) and was followed up in a number of articles, most of which were collected in Cresswell (1985b). A central problem for possible­ worlds semantics is how to accommodate propositional attitudes. This problem was addressed in Cresswell (1985a), and the three books mentioned so far represent a reasonably complete picture of my positive views on formal semantics. I have regarded the presentation of a positive view as more important than the criticism of alternatives, although the works referred to do contain many passages in which I have tried to defend my own views against those of others. But such criticism is important in that a crucial element in establishing the content of a theory is that we be able to evaluate it in relation to its com­ petitors. It is for that reason that I have collected in this volume a number of articles in which I attempt to defend the positive semantical picture I favour against objections and competing theories.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Semantical Essays
Book Subtitle
Possible Worlds and their Rivals
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
36
Copyright
1988
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-7778-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-7778-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-55608-061-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8241-1
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 212
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