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The Barcan Formula in Metaphysics

Simchen, Ori (2013) The Barcan Formula in Metaphysics. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 28 (3). pp. 375-392. ISSN 2171-679X

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The Barcan formula (BF) is widely considered a threat to actualism. I show how BF can be cleared of such a charge by construing it as a bridge principle connecting modality de dicto and modality de re while retaining a Russellian robust sense of reality in modal matters.

La fórmula Barcan (FB) se considera por lo general una amenaza al realismo. Muestro de qué modo FB
puede verse libre de esta imputación si se construye como un principio puente que conecte la modalidad de
dicto y la modalidad de re al mismo tiempo que retiene un sentido russelliano robusto de realidad en cuestiones

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Simchen, Ori
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Barcan formula; modality; de dicto and de re; fórmula Barcan; modalidad; de dicto y de re.
Depositing User: Jennifer Chan
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2013 20:02
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2013 20:49
Item ID: 10137
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
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Date: July 2013
Page Range: pp. 375-392
Volume: 28
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X

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