The Varieties of Necessity

Kit Fine

in Modality and Tense

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278701
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603105 | DOI:
The Varieties of Necessity

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It is argued that there are three fundamental forms of necessity — the metaphysical, the natural and the normative — and that none of these are reducible to the others or to any other form of necessity. It is shown that certain currently fashionable views on scientific essentialism and ethical naturalism must be given up once these distinctions are maintained.

Keywords: kinds; necessity; natural law; naturalism; normative; open question; reduction

Chapter.  13109 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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