On Categories and A Posteriori Necessity: A Phenomenological Echo

Metaphilosophy 43 (1-2):147-164 (2012)
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This article argues for two related theses. First, it defends a general thesis: any kind of necessity, including metaphysical necessity, can only be known a priori. Second, however, it also argues that the sort of a priori involved in modal metaphysical knowledge is not related to imagination or any sort of so-called epistemic possibility. Imagination is neither a proof of possibility nor a limit to necessity. Rather, modal metaphysical knowledge is built on intuition of philosophical categories and the structures they form
Keywords metaphysical necessity  a priori  categories  intuition
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