The Nature of Necessity

Clarendon Press (1974)

Alvin Plantinga
University of Notre Dame
This book, 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 are contributing, is an exploration and defense of the notion of modality de re, the idea that objects have both essential and accidental properties. Plantinga develops his argument by means of the notion of possible worlds and ranges over such key problems as the nature of essence, transworld identity, negative existential propositions, and the existence of unactual objects in other possible worlds. He also applies his logical theories to the elucidation of two problems in the philosophy of religion: the problem of evil and the ontological argument.
Keywords Modality (Logic  Essentialism (Philosophy  Necessity (Philosophy  Good and evil
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Reprint years 1978, 1992
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Call number BC199.M6.P55 1992
ISBN(s) 0198244142   9780198244141
DOI 10.2307/2217641
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