Counterfactuals and the analysis of necessity

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Abstract

This paper is, in part, a straightforward exercise in philosophical analysis: I will try to define metaphysical necessity. But I will combine this aim with another: I want to know which cognitive practices of ordinary life gave rise to the concept of necessity, and what role the notion plays in these practices. Let me describe this goal in more detail, before giving an overview of my strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-302
Number of pages66
JournalNous-Supplement: Philosophical Perspectives
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy

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