© 1994

Modality and Meaning


Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 53)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Modality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William G. Lycan
      Pages 3-24
    3. William G. Lycan
      Pages 25-44
    4. William G. Lycan
      Pages 45-72
    5. William G. Lycan
      Pages 73-93
    6. William G. Lycan
      Pages 95-107
    7. William G. Lycan
      Pages 109-134
    8. William G. Lycan
      Pages 171-200
  3. Meaning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. William G. Lycan
      Pages 249-262
    3. William G. Lycan
      Pages 263-282
    4. William G. Lycan
      Pages 283-304
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 305-338

About this book


Part I of this book presents a theory of modal metaphysics in the possible-worlds tradition. `Worlds' themselves are understood as structured sets of properties; this `Ersatzist' view is defended against its most vigorous competitors, Meinongianism and David Lewis' theory of existent concrete worlds. Related issues of essentialism and linguistic reference are explored.
Part II takes up the question of lexical meaning in the context of possible-world semantics. There are skeptical analyses of analyticity and the notion of a logical constant; and an `infinite polysemy' thesis is defended.
The book will be of particular interest to metaphysicians, possible-world semanticists, philosophers of language, and linguists concerned with lexical semantics.


language metaphysics semantic semantics truth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Modality and Meaning
  • Authors W.G. Lycan
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-3006-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-7923-3007-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-0936-9
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 338
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ontology
    Philosophy of Language
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