Modal Epistemology

We will be reading a variety of texts about modal epistemology.

Sessions will take place every two Thursdays from 15pm to 16:30pm via Zoom. The preliminary schedule is as follows:


(i) SEP, minimum §§1-2: https://plato.stanford.

(ii) Roca-Royes, “The epistemology of modality”, Routledge handbook of metametaphysics.


(iii) Hale, 2003, “Knowledge of Possibility and of Necessity”, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 103: 1–20. doi:10.1111/j.0066-7372.2003.) 

(iv) Lowe, E. J. 2008, “Two Notions of Being: Entity and Essence”, in: R. Le Poidevin, ed., Being: Developments in Contemporary Metaphysics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 23-48.

(v) Chalmers, D. (2002). Does conceivability entail possibility? In T. S. Gendler & J. Hawthorne (Eds.), Conceivability and possibility (pp. 145–200). Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Generated literature

(vi) Wallner & Vaidya, 2021, “The epistemology of modality and the problem of modal epistemic friction”, Synthese.

(vii) Vetter, “Williamsonian modal epistemology, possibility-based”.

(viii) Mallozzi, “Putting modal metaphysics first”, Synthese (2018).

(ix) Roca-Royes, “2017, “Similarity and Possibility: An Epistemology of de re Possibility for Concrete Entities”, in Fischer and Leon 2017: 221–245. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-44309-6_

Pablo Rychter (University of Valencia)

Eliminativism, FIctionalism, and Expressivism. The possibility of a negative metaphysical veredict about a discourse D (PID2019-106420GA-100) *

* Grant  PID2019-106420GA-I00 funded by MCIN/AEI/ 10.13039/501100011033.