Knowledge of possibility and of necessity

I investigate two asymmetrical approaches to knowledge of absolute possibility and of necessity--one which treats knowledge of possibility as more fundamental, the other according epistemological priority to necessity. Two necessary conditions for the success of an asymmetrical approach are proposed. I argue that a possibility-based approach seems unable to meet my second condition, but that on certain assumptions--including, pivotally, the assumption that logical and conceptual necessities, while absolute, do not exhaust the class of absolute necessities--a necessity-based approach may be able to do so.
Keywords Absolute, Epistemology, Knowledge, Necessity, Possibility
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DOI 10.1111/j.0066-7372.2003.00061.x
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Stephen K. McLeod (2005). Modal Epistemology. Philosophical Books 46 (3):235-245.

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