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Necessitarian Approaches

Gordon Belot

in Geometric Possibility

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595327
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729157 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595327.003.0006
Necessitarian Approaches

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This chapter develops and examines a variety of modal relationalism analogous to necessitarian accounts of laws of nature. The opening discussion characterizes such accounts of laws of nature, considers some problems that they face, and isolates a structural feature of them that is carried over to the geometric context. A geometric form of necessitarianism is developed and some of its features considered. The question whether nomic and geometric necessitarians are entitled to maintain that modal facts supervene on non‐modal facts is addressed.

Keywords: substantivalism; relationalism; modality; laws of nature; necessitarianism

Chapter.  13218 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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