Particular possibilities

Ori Simchen

in Necessary Intentionality

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199608515
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738241 | DOI:
Particular possibilities

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This chapter lays the foundations for the modal metaphysical backdrop of the book. A central debate in the metaphysics of modality concerns determinants of modality de re. On one side are those for whom what is possible for things is determined, among other things, by how the things in question are specified in thought and talk. On the other side are those for whom what is possible for things is determined by what the things are, their natures, independently of how they are specified in thought and talk. The chapter offers a defense of the second option against the first. Along the way a diagnosis is proposed for why the first option can seem intuitively appealing. This proposed diagnosis is then compared with a competing one due to Kripke.

Keywords: modality; de re; de dicto; essence; modal error

Chapter.  10712 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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