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Semantical Essays

Possible Worlds and Their Rivals


Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 36)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Possible Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. M. J. Cresswell
      Pages 3-11
    3. M. J. Cresswell
      Pages 12-33
    4. M. J. Cresswell
      Pages 34-46
    5. M. J. Cresswell
      Pages 47-61
  3. Situations and Attitudes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-64
    2. M. J. Cresswell
      Pages 104-114
  4. Quantification and Reference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-116
    2. M. J. Cresswell
      Pages 117-133
    3. M. J. Cresswell
      Pages 134-161
    4. M. J. Cresswell
      Pages 162-197
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 198-212

About this book


Over a longer period than I sometimes care to contemplate I have worked on possible-worlds semantics. The earliest work was in modal logic, to which I keep returning, but a sabbatical in 1970 took me to UCLA, there to discover the work of Richard Montague in applying possible-worlds semantics to natural lan­ guage. My own version of this appeared in Cresswell (1973) and was followed up in a number of articles, most of which were collected in Cresswell (1985b). A central problem for possible­ worlds semantics is how to accommodate propositional attitudes. This problem was addressed in Cresswell (1985a), and the three books mentioned so far represent a reasonably complete picture of my positive views on formal semantics. I have regarded the presentation of a positive view as more important than the criticism of alternatives, although the works referred to do contain many passages in which I have tried to defend my own views against those of others. But such criticism is important in that a crucial element in establishing the content of a theory is that we be able to evaluate it in relation to its com­ petitors. It is for that reason that I have collected in this volume a number of articles in which I attempt to defend the positive semantical picture I favour against objections and competing theories.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyVictoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Semantical Essays
  • Book Subtitle Possible Worlds and Their Rivals
  • Authors M.J. Cresswell
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-55608-061-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-8241-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-7778-6
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 212
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
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