Investigação Filosófica 1:paper 1 (2010)

Rodrigo Cid
Federal University of Amapa
Rodrigo Cid
Universidade Federal Do Amapá
We intend at this article to show some reasons to think the laws of nature as metaphysically necessary: to distinguish the metaphysical modality from the epistemical modality, and to have an absolute modality to face the relative physical and logical modalities. Lately, we indicate what does it mean to talk about metaphysically necessary laws, distinguishing two kinds of metaphysical modalities, and we account for the question about if the laws of nature are metaphysically necessary. The conclusion we get is that the laws, whichever they are, are metaphysically necessary.
Keywords Modalities  Metaphysical Necessity  Laws of Nature
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