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Nature of Necessity

ISBN-10: 0198244142
ISBN-13: 9780198244141
Edition: 1978
Authors: Alvin Plantinga
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Description: This is a reissue of a book which is an exploration and defence of the notion of modality 'de re', the idea that objects have both essential and accidental properties. It is one of the first full-length studies of the modalities to emerge from the  More...

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Book details

List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 1978
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/1979
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This is a reissue of a book which is an exploration and defence of the notion of modality 'de re', the idea that objects have both essential and accidental properties. It is one of the first full-length studies of the modalities to emerge from the debate to which Saul Kripke, David Lewis, Ruth Marcus and others have contributed. The argument is developed by means of the notion of possible worlds, and ranges over key problems including the nature of essence, trans-world identity, negative existential propositions, and the existence of unactual objects in other possible worlds. In the final chapters Professor Plantinga applies his logical theories to the clarification of two problems in the philosophy of religion - the Problem of Evil and the Ontological Argument.

Preliminary distinctions and remarks
Modality de re: Objections
Modality de re: Explanations
Worlds, books, and essential properties
The necessity of natures
Transworld identity or worldbound individuals?
Possible but unactual objects: The classical argument
Possible but unactual objects: On what there isn't
God, Evil, and the metaphysics of freedom
God and necessity

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