Necessary Beings: An Essay on Ontology, Modality, and the Relations Between Them

2014.06.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bob Hale, Necessary Beings: An Essay on Ontology, Modality, and the Relations Between Them, Oxford University Press, 2013,
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2014.06.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bob Hale, Necessary Beings: An Essay on Ontology, Modality, and the Relations Between Them, Oxford University Press, 2013, 298pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199669578. Reviewed by Penelope Mackie, University of Nottingham In this important new book, Bob Hale presents a distinctive theory of the relations between ontology and modality, and develops an original "essentialist theory" of metaphysical modality. Although several chapters draw on Hale's previously published work, the modest hope that he expresses in the Introduction, "that both the picture as a whole and some of its elements differ significantly enough from any other published treatments . . . to make it worth presenting" (p. 1) is amply justified. The book will appeal both to those who are, and to those who are not, familiar with Hale's previous writings on ontology and modality. Chapter 1 ("Ontological Preliminaries") defends a broadly Fregean. . .

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