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Paul Hanmer

PhD Student, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I am a (part time) PhD student with the Philosophy Department. I live (and work) in Hull, East Yorkshire and travel regularly to Nottingham to meet my academic supervisors, Professor Noonan and Dr Jago.

Expertise Summary

I am interested in the philosophical analysis of modal statements - statements about what must be the case or might be the case. I am particularly interested in David Lewis' modal translation scheme which "translates" modal statements into statements of predicate logic. On a normal reading, the use of the existential quantifier appears to entail an ontological commitment to a plurality of non-actual worlds where the translated modal statements are true. The nature of philosophical method(s) is an open question and is relevant to Lewis' translation scheme in a number of ways: what is the influence of a common sense weltbild and is this influence justified? What is the paradox of analysis and is it applicable to Lewis' account of modality? What is advanced modality and does it represent a threat to the accuracy (completeness) of Lewis' account? Does the necessary existence of non-actual possible worlds facilitate or hinder our modal thoughts and language - modal relevance?

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