Choice Points for a Modal Theory of Disjunction

Fabrizio Cariani*

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-181
Number of pages11
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • Context sensitivity
  • Disjunction
  • Dynamic semantics
  • Epistemic modals
  • Partition semantics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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