Modality and Tense

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode FI224MT
Vaknaam Modality and Tense
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Modality and Tense: Past, Present and Future
Leerdoelen This course addresses a series of philosophical problems concerning the relation between possibility and necessity, tense, and time, and the treatments philosophers have offered of these issues from Aristotle to the present.

Students are expected to acquire detailed knowledge and understanding of these issues and to be able to independently reconstruct, engage with, and analyse philosophical discussions of these issues.
Omschrijving Topics discussed include necessity and possibility, modal logic, tense-logic, time, determinism, and existence.

We will carefully examine philosophical treatments of these issues ranging from the past to the present and give particular attention to the treatments offered by: Aristotle, Diodorus Cronus, the Stoics, Avicenna, William of Ockham, and modern accounts such as that of Arthur Prior.

Students will be expected to carefully and independently reconstruct, analyse, and engage with difficult philosophical arguments concerning the relevant issues.
Uren per week
(Lecture, seminars and discussion)
(Written assignment)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Dr. T.M. Nawar
Docent(en) Dr. T.M. Nawar
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Readings will be made available. Some of them are already freely available on my website:
Entreevoorwaarden Logic (first-order propositional & predicate logic) REQUIRED (e.g. Logic and Argumentation Theory; Logic and Epistemology)

Philosophy of Language (e.g. GF5 Topics in Language & Reality)

Ancient & Medieval Philosophy (e.g. GF1: Ancient Philosophy or GF2: Medieval Philosophy)
Opmerkingen Useful background reading includes: Aristotle De Interpretatione 9 and Metaphysics Theta; Cicero De Fato; and the works of Arthur Prior (especially Time and Tense, Time and Modality, and Past, Present, and Future).

Several of these texts are available at:
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