Prior, translational semantics, and the Barcan formula

Copeland, B. Jack (2016) Prior, translational semantics, and the Barcan formula. Synthese, 193 11: 3507-3519. doi:10.1007/s11229-015-0955-2

Author Copeland, B. Jack
Title Prior, translational semantics, and the Barcan formula
Journal name Synthese   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-0964
Publication date 2016-11-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0955-2
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 193
Issue 11
Start page 3507
End page 3519
Total pages 13
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Subject 1211 Philosophy
3300 Social Sciences
Abstract The revolution in semantics in the late 1960s and 1970s overturned an earlier competing paradigm, ‘translational’ semantics. I revive and defend Prior’s translational semantics for modals and tense-modals. I also show how to extend Prior’s propositional modal semantics to quantificational modal logic, and use the resulting semantics to formalize Prior’s own counterexample to the Barcan Formula.
Keyword Prior
Davidsonian semantics
Modal semantics
Tense logical semantics
Substitutional quantifiers
Barcan formula
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 19 December 2015

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