Which modal models are the right ones (for logical necessity)?

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Recently it has become almost the received wisdom in certain quarters that Kripke models are appropriate only for something like metaphysical modalities, and not for logical modalities. Here the line of thought leading to Kripke models, and reasons why they are no less appropriate for logical than for other modalities, are explained. It is also indicated where the fallacy in the argument leading to the contrary conclusion lies. The lessons learned are then applied to the question of the status of the formula ExEy (x ≠ y).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-158
Number of pages14
JournalTheoria (Spain)
Issue number47
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


  • Hintikka
  • Kripke
  • Logical necessity
  • Modal logic
  • Modality
  • Models


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