Barry Stroud

in Engagement and Metaphysical Dissatisfaction

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199764969
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894970 | DOI:

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This chapter explores the way the epistemological doctrine of the a priori character of our knowledge of necessity imposes constraints on the metaphysical investigation of the status of necessity itself. The influence is indirect, but deep. Along with other assumptions, it can make an overwhelmingly strong case for a negative metaphysical verdict about what would otherwise be the inexplicable necessities and possibilities we believe in.

Keywords: metaphysics; necessity; truth; negative metaphysical verdict

Chapter.  14732 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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