The Necessity of Origin: A Long and Winding Route

Erkenntnis 78 (2):353-370 (2013)
Roberta Ballarin
University of British Columbia
In the last 30 years much philosophical discussion has been generated by Kripke’s proof of the necessity of origin for material objects presented in footnote 56 of ‘Naming and Necessity’. I consider the two most popular reconstructions of Kripke’s argument: one appealing to the necessary sufficiency of origin, and the other employing a strong independence principle allegedly derived from the necessary local nature of prevention. I argue that, to achieve a general result, both reconstructions presuppose an implicit Humean atomistic thesis of recombination, according to which any two (non-overlapping) possible objects can simultaneously coexist in one and the same world. Yet recombination ill accords with the other assumptions of the proofs. I also argue that the locality of prevention does not entail strong independence.
Keywords Necessity of Origin  Necessary Sufficiency of Origin  Independence  Recombination
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-011-9354-3
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