Sophisticated Modal Primitivism

Philosophical Issues 27 (1):428-448 (2017)
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Tobias Wilsch
Universität Tübingen
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Summary: The paper provides an argument for modal primitivism, the view that necessity is not defined and is therefore part of the structure of reality. It then raises the explanation-challenge for primitivists: how can modal truths be explained by hyper-intensional truths, if necessity is not defined in terms of hyper-intensional phenomena? To address the challenge, the paper introduces 'sophisticated modal primitivism' which gives a substantive analysis of the notion of a 'source of necessity'. The final part of the paper offers some applications of that novel piece of ideology.
Keywords modality  modal primitivism  sources of necessity
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DOI 10.1111/phis.12100
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