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Modal science

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This paper explains and defends the idea that metaphysical necessity is the strongest kind of objective necessity. Plausible closure conditions on the family of objective modalities are shown to entail that the logic of metaphysical necessity is S5. Evidence is provided that some objective modalities are studied in the natural sciences. In particular, the modal assumptions implicit in physical applications of dynamical systems theory are made explicit by using such systems to define models of...

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Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
New College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-4659-8672
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Canadian Journal of Philosophy More from this journal
Volume:
46
Issue:
4-5
Pages:
453-492
Publication date:
2016-09-21
Acceptance date:
2016-01-15
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EISSN:
1911-0820
ISSN:
0045-5091
Language:
English
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pubs:825836
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uuid:1e7a504f-451a-4008-a4b8-faf1e62f9e24
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pubs:825836
Source identifiers:
825836
Deposit date:
2019-02-20

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