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From physical to metaphysical necessity

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Let Nomological Bound be the thesis that there is nothing objectively possible beyond what is physically possible. Nomological Bound has struck many as a live hypothesis. Nevertheless, in this article I provide a novel argument against it. Yet even though I claim that Nomological Bound is false, I argue that the boundaries of objective possibility can still be characterised intimately in terms of physical necessity. This is philosophically significant, for on a natural understanding it consti...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1093/mind/fzab032

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
Mind More from this journal
Volume:
131
Issue:
524
Pages:
1216–1246
Publication date:
2021-12-08
Acceptance date:
2021-04-08
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EISSN:
1460-2113
ISSN:
0026-4423
Language:
English
Pubs id:
1199952
Local pid:
pubs:1199952
Deposit date:
2021-10-27

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