Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-20 (forthcoming)
|Abstract||Modal primitivism is the view that metaphysical modality cannot be reduced to something entirely non-modal. It is often rejected for reasons of ideological simplicity: the fewer primitive notions a theory requires, the better. Reductive theories of modality like Armstrong's combinatorialism are thus thought to hold the ideological high ground. According to combinatorialism, what's possible is reducible to recombinations of objects with fundamental properties and relations. If this reduction succeeds, we have a theory that uses no primitive ideology in its explanation of the modal beyond what we already need to explain the non-modal. Combinatorialism faces two problems: the problem of spatio-temporal relations and the problem of determinates. I argue that in order to get around these problems the combinatorialist must adopt two primitive non-modal notions of her own. I then defend a modal primitivist theory, incompatibility primitivism, which takes as its primitive notion that of incompatibility between properties and relations. Such a theory is systematic and may reduce the combinatorialist's primitive non-modal notions, showing that with respect to number of primitive notions, the modal primitivist comes out ahead. Finally, I argue against reasons to think that there is something especially problematic about primitive modal notions as compared to primitive non-modal notions|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Wen-Fang Wang (2007). Modal Fictionalism and Hale's Dilemma Against It. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 5:51-56.
Troy Cross (2005). What is a Disposition? Synthese 144 (3):321-41.
Takashi Yagisawa (2002). Primitive Worlds. Acta Analytica 17 (1):19-37.
Ross P. Cameron (2012). Why Lewis's Analysis of Modality Succeeds in its Reductive Ambitions. Philosophers' Imprint 12 (8).
David Yates (forthcoming). The Essence of Dispositional Essentialism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
M. Oreste Fiocco (2007). Conceivability and Epistemic Possibility. Erkenntnis 67 (3):387 - 399.
Louis deRosset (forthcoming). Possible Worlds for Modal Primitivists. Journal of Philosophical Logic.
Jessica M. Wilson (forthcoming). Hume's Dictum and Metaphysical Modality: Lewis's Combinatorialism. In Barry Loewer & Jonathan Schaffer (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to David Lewis. Blackwell.
Charles Pigden & Rebecca E. B. Entwisle (2012). Spread Worlds, Plenitude and Modal Realism: A Problem for David Lewis. In James Maclaurin (ed.), Rationis Defensor.
George Bealer (2002). Modal Epistemology and the Rationalist Renaissance. In Tamar S. Gendler & John Hawthorne (eds.), Conceivability and Possibility. Oxford University Press.
Susanne Bobzien (1993). Chrysippus' Modal Logic and Its Relation to Philo and Diodorus. In K. Doering & Th Ebert (eds.), Dialektiker und Stoiker. Franz Steiner.
John Divers (1996). Supervenience for Operators. Synthese 106 (1):103-12.
Mark Eli Kalderon (1996). What Numbers Could Be (and, Hence, Necessarily Are). Philosophia Mathematica 4 (3):238-255.
Added to index2012-09-11
Total downloads92 ( #7,343 of 549,007 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #37,272 of 549,007 )
How can I increase my downloads?