Epistemic Modality

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OUP Oxford, Jun 23, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 335 pages
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There is a lot that we don't know. That means that there are a lot of possibilities that are, epistemically speaking, open. For instance, we don't know whether it rained in Seattle yesterday. So, for us at least, there is an epistemic possibility where it rained in Seattle yesterday, and one where it did not. What are these epistemic possibilities? They do not match up with metaphysical possibilities - there are various cases where something is epistemically possible but not metaphysically possible, and vice versa. How do we understand the semantics of statements of epistemic modality? The ten new essays in this volume explore various answers to these questions, including those offered by contextualism, relativism, and expressivism.
 

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Contents

Epistemic Modals and Epistemic Modality
1
Contextualism Relativism or What?
19
2 The Nature of Epistemic Space
60
3 Might Made Right
108
Two Spaceism versus One Spaceism
131
5 Epistemic Modals Are AssessmentSensitive
144
6 Perspective in Taste Predicates and Epistemic Modals
179
7 Conditional Propositions and Conditional Assertions
227
8 How Not to Theorize about the Language of Subjective Uncertainty
249
9 A Problem about Permission and Possibility
270
10 Nonfactualism about Epistemic Modality
295
Index
333
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Andy Egan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has held positions at Western Washington University, the Australian National University, and the University of Michigan.


Brian Weatherson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He has published on a wide range of topics in philosophy, including decision theory, epistemology, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and aesthetics.

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