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Peirce's Contributions to Possible-Worlds Semantics

Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen
Studia Logica: An International Journal for Symbolic Logic
Vol. 82, No. 3, Ways of Worlds 1: On Possible Worlds and Related Notions (Apr., 2006), pp. 345-369
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20016789
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

A century ago, Charles S. Peirce proposed a logical approach to modalities that came close to possible-worlds semantics. This paper investigates his views on modalities through his diagrammatic logic of Existential Graphs (EGs). The contribution of the GAMMA part of EGs to the study of modalities is examined. Some ramifications of Peirce's remarks are presented and placed into a contemporary perspective. An appendix is included that provides a transcription with commentary of Peirce's unpublished manuscript on modality from 1901.

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