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Write-up2 (as at 20/08/2018 10:13:26): Modality
- Modality – the logic of possibility and necessity – is important to my thesis because discussions of Personal Identity often range over possible – rather than merely actual – events that an individual might encounter and which might call that individual’s continued existence into doubt.
- This is particularly the case with the numerous popular thought experiments4 (TEs), one of which – Teletransportation5 – has a link to this Note (the bungled duplication case, and what this has to say about the standard singular case).
- Modality also features in the arguments over the logic of identity6 – in particular the standard view that Identity is a necessary relation, contra the heretical positions.
- I doubt I need to get into Modal Realism (Lewis7) or other discussions about what modality reduces to ontologically.
- The same goes for the intricacies of Modal Logic, though a quick read through "Girle (Rod) - Modal Logics and Philosophy" might be beneficial.
- I need to review my old notes on "Kripke (Saul) - Naming and Necessity".
- The topic found its way into an early note on the Focus of my research8, but didn’t find its way into Chapter 49, which deals with basic metaphysical issues. Maybe it should be there?
- "Sturgeon (Scott) - Zombies and Ghosts" has a useful categorisation of types of modality, and their relation to conceivability and genuine possibility.
- At Heythrop, I came across Norman Malcolm’s Modal Ontological Argument, which explains why this topic features in the “already read” reading list.
- For a page of Links10 to this Note, Click here. Unfortunately, there are really too many references for the lists to be useful, other than to highlight what I’ve read on the topic, tangentially or otherwise.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read11, include12 the following:-
- "Allen (R.E.) - The Ontological Argument", Allen
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Naturalism and the First-Person Perspective: What Is The Problem?", Baker
- "Bealer (George) - The A Priori", Bealer
- "Blackburn (Simon) & Simmons (Keith) - Truth: Introduction", Blackburn & Simmons
- "Butchvarov (Panayot) - Being Qua Being: Introduction", Butchvarov
- "Carter (William) - In Defense of Undetached Parts", Carter
- "Carter (William) - 'Partist' Resistance to the Many: Review of 'A Materialist Metaphysics of the Human Person' by Hud Hudson", Carter
- "Craig (William Lane) & Sinnott-Armstrong (Walter) - God?: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist: Preface", Craig & Sinnott-Armstrong
- "Crane (Tim) & Farkas (Katalin) - Necessity: Introduction", Crane & Farkas
- "Dyke (Heather) - Review of Craig Bourne's 'A Future for Presentism'", Dyke
- "Geisler (Norman) & Corduan (Winfried) - Ontological Arguments", Geisler & Corduan
- "Gibbard (Allan) - Contingent Identity", Gibbard
- "Hudson (Hud) - The Metaphysics of Hyperspace: Introduction", Hudson
- "Jackson (Frank) - Epiphenomenal Qualia", Jackson
- "Johnston (Mark) - Constitution is Not Identity", Johnston
- "Kazez (Jean) - Life Doesn't Begin at Conception", Kazez
- "Kripke (Saul) - Naming and Necessity", Kripke
→ "Kripke (Saul) - Naming and Necessity: Lecture I",
→ "Kripke (Saul) - Naming and Necessity: Lecture III"
- "LePoidevin (Robin) - Is God Necessary?", LePoidevin
- "Lewis (David) - Anselm and Actuality", Lewis
- "Lewis (David) - Counterpart Theory and Quantified Modal Logic", Lewis
- "Lewis (David) - Counterparts of Persons and Their Bodies", Lewis
- "Lewis (David) - On the Plurality of Worlds (Selections)", Lewis
- "Lewis (David) - On the Plurality of Worlds: Preface", Lewis
- "Malcolm (Norman) - Anselm's Ontological Arguments", Malcolm
- "Melia (Joseph) - Introduction to Modality", Melia
- "Noonan (Harold) - Constitution Is Identity", Noonan
- "Noonan (Harold) - Identity and Determinacy", Noonan
- "Plantinga (Alvin) - The Ontological Argument", Plantinga
- "Reid (Jasper) - Kripke on Naming and Necessity (Course Notes)", Reid
- "Robinson (Howard) - Dualism (Stanford)", Robinson
- "Salmon (Nathan) - Reference and Essence - Prefaces & Introduction", Salmon
- "Sider (Ted) - Critical Study of Michael Jubien's Ontology, Modality, and the Fallacy of Reference", Sider
- "Sider (Ted) - Review of Lynne Rudder Baker, Persons and Bodies", Sider
- "Simons (Peter) - Parts: A Study in Ontology - Introduction", Simons
- "Simons (Peter) - Parts: A Study in Ontology - Concluding Remarks", Simons
- "Snowdon (Paul) - Philosophy and the Mind/Body Problem", Snowdon
- "Snowdon (Paul) - The Self and Personal Identity", Snowdon
- "Sorensen (Roy) - Thought Experiments: Introduction", Sorensen
- "Tobia (Kevin Patrick) - Does Religious Belief Infect Philosophical Analysis?", Tobia
- "Van Inwagen (Peter) - Necessary Being: the Ontological Argument", Van Inwagen
- "Williams (Christopher) - Review of J.R.Lucas's 'The Future'", Williams
- There are lots of books and papers in the categorised reading list below, but I suppose the following are the ones to start with:-
- "Atkinson (Thomas) - Conceivability, Possibility and the Resurrection of Material Beings", Atkinson
- "Bealer (George) - The Origins of Modal Error", Bealer
- "Gallois (Andre) - Defending the Contingency of Identity", Gallois
- "Garson (James) - Modal Logic", Garson
- "Gendler (Tamar Szabo) & Hawthorne (John) - Conceivability and Possibility", Gendler & Hawthorne
- "Girle (Rod) - Modal Logics and Philosophy", Girle
- "Hale (Bob) - Modality", Hale, 1997
- "Hawley (Katherine) - Modality", Hawley, 2004
- "Heller (Mark) - The Immorality of Modal Realism, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let the Children Drown", Heller
- "Jubien (Michael) - Modality", Jubien, 1997
- "Lewis (David) - On the Plurality of Worlds", Lewis
- "Loux (Michael) - The Necessary and the Possible", Loux
- "MacBride (Fraser) - Two Theories of Modality: A Reply to von Wachter", MacBride
- "MacBride (Fraser), Ed. - Identity and Modality", MacBride, 2006
- "McGinn (Colin) - Necessity", McGinn
- "Melia (Joseph) - Modality", Melia, 2003
- "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Constitution", Olson
- "Olson (Eric) - What Are We? Temporal Parts", Olson
- "Plantinga (Alvin) - Modalities: Basic Concepts and Distinctions", Plantinga
- "Plantinga (Alvin) - The Nature of Necessity", Plantinga
- "Sider (Ted) - The Ersatz Pluriverse", Sider
- "Sturgeon (Scott) - Zombies and Ghosts", Sturgeon
- "Van Inwagen (Peter) - Ontology, Identity and Modality: Essays in metaphysics" (Part III), Van Inwagen
- "Williamson (Timothy) - Armchair Philosophy, Metaphysical Modality and Counterfactual Thinking", Williamson, 2005
- "Yagisawa (Takashi) - Beyond Possible Worlds", Yagisawa
- This is a place-holder13.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (20/08/2018 10:13:26).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- If only a “non-updating” run has been made, the links are only one-way – ie. from the page of links to the objects that reference this Note by mentioning the appropriate key-word(s). The links are also only indicative, as they haven’t yet been confirmed as relevant.
- Once an updating run has been made, links are both ways, and links from this Notes page (from the “Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note” and “Summary of Note Links to this Page” sections) are to the “point of link” within the page rather than to the page generically. Links from the “links page” remain generic.
- There are two sorts of updating runs – for Notes and other Objects. The reason for this is that Notes are archived, and too many archived versions would be created if this process were repeatedly run.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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