, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 171–181

Choice Points for a Modal Theory of Disjunction


DOI: 10.1007/s11245-015-9362-z

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Cariani, F. Topoi (2017) 36: 171. doi:10.1007/s11245-015-9362-z


This paper investigates the prospects for a semantic theory that treats disjunction as a modal operator. Potential motivation for such a theory comes from the way in which modals (and especially, but not exclusively, epistemic modals) embed within disjunctions. After reviewing some of the relevant data, I go on to distinguish a variety of modal theories of disjunction. I analyze these theories by considering pairs of conflicting desiderata, highlighting some of the tradeoffs they must face.


Disjunction Epistemic modals Dynamic semantics Partition semantics Context sensitivity 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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