A new route to the necessity of origin

Mind 113 (452):705-725 (2004)
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Saul Kripke has claimed that there are necessary connections between material things and their material origins. The usual defences of such necessity of origin theses appeal to either a sufficiency of origin principle or a branching-times model of necessity. In this paper we offer a different defence. Our argument proceeds from more modest ‘independence principles’, which govern the processes by which material objects are produced. Independence principles are motivated, in turn, by appeal to a plausible metaphysical principle governing such processes, their invulnerability to non-local prevention. We outline the new argument, and distinguish it from both of the usual defences.



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Guy Rohrbaugh
Auburn University
Louis deRosset
University of Vermont

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Naming and Necessity.Saul Kripke - 1980 - Philosophy 56 (217):431-433.
On the necessity of origin.Colin Mcginn - 1976 - Journal of Philosophy 73 (5):127-135.

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