Existence and Explanation

Essays presented in Honor of Karel Lambert

  • Wolfgang Spohn
  • Bas C. Van Fraassen
  • Brian Skyrms

Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 49)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Bas C. Van Fraassen
    Pages 1-18
  3. Ermanno Bencivenga
    Pages 19-24
  4. Gordon G. Brittan Jr.
    Pages 25-38
  5. Charles B. Daniels
    Pages 39-44
  6. Wolfgang Lenzen
    Pages 59-75
  7. Terence Parsons
    Pages 103-113
  8. Erhard Scheibe
    Pages 115-129
  9. Brian Skyrms
    Pages 149-163
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 233-247

About this book


This collection of essays is dedicated to 'Joe' Karel Lambert. The contributors are all personally affected to Joe in some way or other, but they are definitely not the only ones. Whatever excuses there are - there are some -, the editors apologize to whomever they have neglected. But even so the collection displays how influential Karel Lambert has been, personally and through his teaching and his writings. The display is in alphabetical order - with one exception: Bas van Fraassen, being about the earliest student of Karel Lambert, opens the collection with some reminiscences. Naturally, one of the focal points of this volume is Lambert's logical thinking and (or: freed of) ontological thinking. Free logic is intimately connected with description theory. Bas van Fraassen gives a survey of the development of the area, and Charles Daniels points to difficulties with definite descriptions in modal contexts and stories. Peter Woodruff addresses the relation between free logic and supervaluation semantics, presenting a novel condition which recovers desirable metatheoretic properties for free logic under that semantics. Terence Parsons shows how free logic can be utilized in interpreting sentences as purporting to denote events (true ones succeed and false ones fail) and how this helps to understand natural language.


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Ludwig Wittgenstein Plato logic

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Spohn
    • 1
  • Bas C. Van Fraassen
    • 2
  • Brian Skyrms
    • 3
  1. 1.University of BielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Princeton UniversityUSA
  3. 3.University of California at IrvineUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5430-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3244-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-659X
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