Conceptual Truth and Metaphysical Necessity (2003)

Robert C. Stalnaker

in Ways a World Might Be

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780199251483
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602320 | DOI:
 Conceptual Truth and Metaphysical Necessity (2003)

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This paper discusses the basic two-dimensional framework and identifies the requirements to apply it to the phenomena of speech and thought. It then contrasts two kinds of interpretation — two ways of applying the abstract two-dimensional framework — that suggest different pictures of the phenomena Kripke brought to light. It shows what must be assumed about how the problem of intentionality must be solved to sustain the kind of general reduction of necessary a posteriori truth that Jackson and Chalmers propose.

Keywords: conceptual truth; metaphysical necessity; two-dimensional framework; speech; thought; intentionality

Chapter.  7752 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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