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On considering a Possible World as Actual (2001)

Robert C. Stalnaker

in Ways a World Might Be

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780199251483
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602320 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251487.003.0011
 On considering a Possible World as Actual (2001)

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In Naming and Necessity, Saul Kripke presented examples that convinced many philosophers that there are truths that are both necessary and a posteriori, and both contingent and a priori. This paper examines the contrast between the different lessons that philosophers think should be learned from Kripke’s story. It is argued that the account of the phenomena, and the apparatus used to describe them are a variation on, and development of, the sceptical lesson about a priori knowledge and truth taught by Quine.

Keywords: Saul Kripke; truths; two-dimensional framework; apparatus; possible world

Chapter.  6507 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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