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Modality: basic notions

Brian Leftow

in God and Necessity

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199263356
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741777 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263356.003.0014
Modality: basic notions

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Once God thinks up all candidate secular states of affairs, He settles their modal status. This chapter considers why these acquire the modal status they do. Its account centers on God’s preventing and permitting states of affairs: what God permits is for that reason possible, and what He prevents is for that reason impossible. So it begins by explaining what it is to prevent and (causally) permit, what is special about God’s preventing and permitting, and a particular set of modal concepts: the causal modalities. It applies these to define the ‘metaphysical’ or ‘broadly logical’ modalities.

Keywords: God; secular; modal status; preventing; permitting; possible; impossible; causal modality; ‘broadly logical’ modality

Chapter.  15924 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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