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Explaining modal status

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/9780199263356.003.0021
Explaining modal status

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On the book’s view, there is one entity with primitive, unexplained causal-modal attributes: God, who has natural powers. The books explains God’s non-natural powers, and in so doing explains all modal status other than God’s possibility, which it treats reductively. This chapter compares the book’s account of secular modal status to some ‘explanationist’ rivals. It emerges that its main competition comes from explanations of states of affairs’ modal status by their intrinsic content. It argues against several versions of this which involve analyticity or kindred notions. It also considers the extent to which the book’s view involves brute necessities.

Keywords: God; natural powers; primitive modality; secular modal status; intrinsic content; analyticity; brute necessity

Chapter.  11406 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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