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Montague, Richard Merett (1930–71)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-U052-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Richard Montague was a logician, philosopher and mathematician. His mathematical contributions include work in Boolean algebra, model theory, proof theory, recursion theory, axiomatic set theory and higher-order logic. He developed a modal logic in which necessity appears as a predicate of sentences, showing how analogues of the semantic paradoxes relate to this notion. Analogously, he (with David Kaplan) argued that a special case of the surprise examination paradox can also be seen as an epistemic version of semantic paradox. He made important contributions to the problem of formulating the notion of a ‘deterministic’ theory in science.

Citing this article:
Parsons, Terence. Montague, Richard Merett (1930–71), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-U052-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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