Max Cresswell

Maxwell John Cresswell (born 19 November 1939, Wellington) is a New Zealand philosopher and logician, known for his work in modal logic.[1][2]

Education and career

Cresswell received his B.A. in 1960 and M.A. in 1961 from the University of New Zealand and then with the support of a Commonwealth Scholarship attended the University of Manchester, where he received in 1964 his Ph.D. with supervisor Arthur Norman Prior. After returning to New Zealand, Cresswell was at the Victoria University of Wellington in 1963–1967 lecturer, in 1968–1972 senior lecturer (also receiving in 1972 Lit.D. from the Victoria University), in 1973 reader, and in 1974–2000 professor, interrupted by several visiting professorships. In 2001 he became professor emeritus and a member of the Centre for Logic, Language and Computation, Victoria University of Wellington and has been a visiting or fixed-term professor at several universities.[3]

Cresswell's research deals with the philosophy of logic, modal logic and formal semantics. He has also published on ancient Greek philosophy, on the logic of the nineteenth century, and on the philosophy of John Locke.[3] Cresswell was the co-author with his colleague and former teacher G. E. Hughes, of An Introduction to Modal Logic, London, Methuen, 1968); this was the first modern textbook on modal logic and introduced many students to Kripke semantics.[1] As a standard introduction to the subject it was replaced by A New Introduction to Modal Logic (London, Routledge, 1996); again with G. E. Hughes, who died prior to publication.


Monographs and collections

Selected articles


Metaphysics & philosophy of logic

History of philosophy


  1. 1 2 Festschrift for Max Cresswell on the occasion of his 65th birthday. In: Logique et Analyse. Number 181, March 2003 (published November 2004). See the introduction by Thomas Forster.
  2. Max Cresswell, School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, Victoria U. of Wellington
  3. 1 2 "M. J. Cresswell: Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Centre for Logic, Language and Computation,Victoria University of Wellington, NZ.
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