Since the 1960s, Emeritus Professor Max Cresswell has been one of the most original and productive philosophers working in New Zealand. He has published 10 books and over 170 articles and continues to attract support from the Marsden Fund for his research.
His principal work is in logic, the study of reasoning, where he has demonstrated deep philosophical insight and great mathematical skill. He is a world-leader in modal logic, concerned with necessary and possible truth. He has written internationally famous books on this subject that have been translated into several languages.
He has been at the forefront of a semantic revolution in philosophy and linguistics that applies logic to the theory of meaning in natural languages (like English).
Professor Cresswell’s high reputation has been evidenced by the award of numerous visiting professorships and fellowships at universities in Europe and North America and invitations to speak at international conferences.