A combinatorial theory of modality

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 77 (4):483 – 497 (1999)
This paper explores the prospects of a combinatorial account of modality. We argue against David M. Armstrong’s version of combinatorialism, which seeks to do without modal primitives, on the grounds, among other things, that Armstrong’s basic ontological categories are themselves subject to non-contingent constraints on recombination. We outline an alternative version, which acknowledges the necessity of modal primitives, at the level of ontology, and not just of our concepts.
Keywords recombination  modal primitives  actualism
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DOI 10.1080/00048409912349241
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