Modal Humeanism and Arguments from Possibility

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 113 (3pt3):391-401 (2013)
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Margot Strohminger
Oxford University
Abstract
Sider (2011, 2013) proposes a reductive analysis of metaphysical modality—‘(modal) Humeanism’—and goes on to argue that it has interesting epistemological and methodological implications. In particular, Humeanism is supposed to undermine a class of ‘arguments from possibility’, which includes Sider's (1993) own argument against mereological nihilism and Chalmers's (1996) argument against physicalism. I argue that Sider's arguments do not go through, and moreover that we should instead expect Humeanism to be compatible with the practice of arguing from possibility in philosophy
Keywords metaphysical modality  modal epistemology  thought experiments  mereological nihilism  modal Humeanism  reductive analysis of modality  argument from possibility
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2013.00361.x
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