David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Quarterly 60 (238):149-159 (2010)
A necessarily true sentence is 'brute' if it does not rigidly refer to anything and if it cannot be reduced to a logical truth. The question of whether there are brute necessities is an extremely natural one. Cian Dorr has recently argued for far-reaching metaphysical claims on the basis of the principle that there are no brute necessities: he initially argued that there are no non-symmetric relations, and later that there are no abstract objects at all. I argue that there are nominalistically acceptable brute necessities, and that Dorr's arguments thus fail. My argument is an application of Gödel's first incompleteness theorem.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Tom Polger (2013). Physicalism and Moorean Supervenience. Analytic Philosophy 54 (1):72-92.
David Liebesman (2013). Converse and Identity. Dialectica 67 (2):137-155.
Similar books and articles
Melinda Hogan (2003). Brute Error Without Sinn: Identity Claims in the Phaedo and in Frege. In Naomi Reshotko (ed.), Desire, Identity, and Existence: Essays in Honor of T.M. Penner.
Gideon Elford (2013). Equality of Opportunity and Other-Affecting Choice: Why Luck Egalitarianism Does Not Require Brute Luck Equality. [REVIEW] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (1):139-149.
Terence Cuneo (2006). Joshua Gert, Brute Rationality:Brute Rationality. Ethics 116 (4):785-789.
Timothy Hinton (2002). Choice and Luck in Recent Egalitarian Thought. Philosophical Papers 31 (2):145-167.
Martin E. Sandbu (2004). On Dworkin’s Brute-Luck–Option-Luck Distinction and the Consistency of Brute-Luck Egalitarianism. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 3 (3):283-312.
Tuomas E. Tahko (2009). On the Modal Content of A Posteriori Necessities. Theoria 75 (4):344-357.
Eric Barnes (1994). Explaining Brute Facts. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1994:61 - 68.
Thomas D. Senor (2010). On the Tenability of Brute Naturalism and the Implications of Brute Theism. Philosophia Christi 10 (2):273-280.
Ludwig Fahrbach (2005). Understanding Brute Facts. Synthese 145 (3):449 - 466.
Cian Dorr (2004). Non-Symmetric Relations. Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 1:155-92.
Added to index2009-07-12
Total downloads221 ( #2,743 of 1,140,344 )
Recent downloads (6 months)10 ( #19,838 of 1,140,344 )
How can I increase my downloads?