On the Modal Content of A Posteriori Necessities

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Tahko , T 2009 , ' On the Modal Content of A Posteriori Necessities ' , Theoria , vol. 75 , no. 4 , pp. 344-357 . https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-2567.2009.01048.x

Title: On the Modal Content of A Posteriori Necessities
Author: Tahko, Tuomas
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Theoretical Philosophy
Date: 2009
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Theoria
ISSN: 0040-5825
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/27359
Abstract: This paper challenges the Kripkean interpretation of a posteriori necessities. It will be demonstrated, by an analysis of classic examples, that the modal content of supposed a posteriori necessities is more complicated than the Kripkean line suggests. We will see that further research is needed concerning the a priori principles underlying all a posteriori necessities. In the course of this analysis it will emerge that the modal content of a posteriori necessities can be best described in terms of a Finean conception of modality – by giving essences priority over modality. The upshot of this is that we might be able to establish the necessity of certain supposed a posteriori necessities by a priori means.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
a posteriori
a priori
necessity
possibility
Kripke
modality
essences
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