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What's metaphysical about metaphysical necessity?

By R.P. Cameron

Abstract

I begin by contrasting three approaches one can take to the distinction between the essential and accidental properties: an ontological, a deflationary, and a mind-dependent approach. I then go on to apply that distinction to the necessary a posteriori, and defend the deflationist view. Finally I apply the distinction to modal truth in general and argue that the deflationist position lets us avoid an otherwise pressing problem for the actualist: the problem of accounting for the source of modal truth

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:3218

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