On the Modal Content of A Posteriori Necessities

Theoria 75 (4):344-357 (2009)

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Tuomas E. Tahko
Bristol University
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This paper challenges the Kripkean interpretation of a posteriori necessities. It will be demonstrated, by an analysis of classic examples, that the modal content of supposed a posteriori necessities is more complicated than the Kripkean line suggests. We will see that further research is needed concerning the a priori principles underlying all a posteriori necessities. In the course of this analysis it will emerge that the modal content of a posteriori necessities can be best described in terms of a Finean conception of modality – by giving essences priority over modality. The upshot of this is that we might be able to establish the necessity of certain supposed a posteriori necessities by a priori means.
Keywords necessary  a posteriori  essences  Kripke  a priori  modality  Soames  empirical  water  natural kinds
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DOI 10.1111/j.1755-2567.2009.01048.x
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