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Nature and Necessity

Guy Robinson

in Philosophy and Mystification

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222919
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235513 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222919.003.0007
Nature and Necessity

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Determinism is the concept that events are bound by causality, implying that there is a scientific explanation for all events and, to a certain degree, that events are already predetermined. Contradictory points arise from the idea that these events are “subject” to the individuals involved in a particular situation. This chapter revolves around Hume’s concepts of necessity and possibility, which are, as discussed in this chapter, not to be taken in an individual perspective. These concepts are therefore not to be related to individual experiences. With this argument, a distinction is made between Hintikka’s de re and de dicto modalities, wherein the former applies only to the individual while the latter applies to whatever fulfils a particular condition. The chapter is able to conclude that the ways of identifying are concerned with regularities in form and in development, and therefore follow experience.

Keywords: determinism; Hintikka; modality; experience

Chapter.  9477 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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