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Quine and Quantified Modal Logic: Against the Received View

(Original title: Quine and Quantified Modal Logic: Against the Received View)
Organon F, 2015, vol. 22, No 4, pp. 518-545.
Language: English
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The textbook-like history of analytic philosophy is a history of myths, received views and dogmas. Though mainly the last few years have witnessed a huge amount of historical work that aimed to reconsider our narratives of the history of analytic philosophy there is still a lot to do. The present study is meant to present such a micro story which is still quite untouched by historians. According to the received view Kripke has defeated all the arguments of Quine against quantified modal logic and thus it became a respectful tool for philosophers. If we accept the historical interpretation of the network between Quine, Kripke and modal logic, which is to be presented here, we have to conclude that Quine’s real philosophical animadversions against the modalities are still on the table: though Kripke has provided some important (formal-logical) answers, Quine’s animadversions are still viable and worthy of further consideration.


History of analytic philosophy, quantified modal logic, Saul Kripke, Willard van Orman Quine

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