On a misapplication of the world-time parallel

A A Rini, M J Cresswell

Abstract


It is widely acknowledged that there is a parallel between the analysis of tense and the analysis of modality. There is a long-standing debate about whether we can give a reductive analysis of tense — can we reduce tensed sentences to tenseless sentences? And there is a similar debate about whether we can give a reductive analysis of modality — can we reduce modal sentences to non-modal sen- tences? This paper will argue that there is some confusion about just what the precise modal correlate of a tensed or tenseless sentence is.

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