Epistemic Modality

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Andy Egan, Brian Weatherson
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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Epistemic Modals and Epistemic Modality
Contextualism Relativism or What?
2 The Nature of Epistemic Space
3 Might Made Right
Two Spaceism versus One Spaceism
5 Epistemic Modals Are AssessmentSensitive
6 Perspective in Taste Predicates and Epistemic Modals
7 Conditional Propositions and Conditional Assertions
8 How Not to Theorize about the Language of Subjective Uncertainty
9 A Problem about Permission and Possibility
10 Nonfactualism about Epistemic Modality

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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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