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The Problem of <i>De Re</i> Modality

Kit Fine

in Modality and Tense

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278701
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603105 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278709.003.0003
The Problem of De Re Modality

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It is maintained that Quine had two arguments against quantified modal logic; one rooted in an opposition to the idea of an essential property; and the other rooted in an opposition to the idea that one might intelligibly quantify into opaque contexts. These arguments are critically examined and shown to lead to very different conclusions and considerations.

Keywords: belief; de re; essentialism; logical truth; modality; quantifier; reference; substitutivity; variable

Chapter.  33333 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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