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dc.contributor.advisor Grandy, Richard E.
dc.creatorBarkasi, Michael Thomas John
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-03T22:49:07Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-03T22:49:07Z
dc.date.created 2011-05
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Barkasi, Michael Thomas John. "The Semantics of Indicative Mood Modal Constructions." (2011) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/64381.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/64381
dc.description.abstract John MacFarlane and Andy Egan have recently argued that a number of examples, "thirdparty assessments," show that the contextualist view on "epistemic modals" held by Hacking, Teller and DeRose is incorrect. They argue that the examples support a relativistic semantics for epistemic modality. I argue that not every utterance of a modal sentence involving 'may' or 'possible that' expresses the epistemic reading, that the problematic examples are cases where the utterance is ambiguous between epistemic and circumstantial readings, and that it is the circumstantial reading which drives the problematic third-party assessments. The treatment presented here is similar to that of John Hawthorne and von Fintel and Gillies. A major component of the thesis is a careful study of the way in which contextual factors affect both the "flavor" of possibility expressed by an utterance and the ability of a speaker to defend their modal claim against problematic third-party assessments.
dc.format.extent 80 pp
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectPhilosophy
dc.title The Semantics of Indicative Mood Modal Constructions
dc.identifier.digital BarkasiM
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Philosophy
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts


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