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Essentialist modal rationalism.

Goff, Philip (2021) 'Essentialist modal rationalism.', Synthese., 198 . pp. 2019-2027.

Abstract

It used to be thought that rational coherence and metaphysical possibility went hand in hand. Kripke and Putnam put a spanner in the works by proposing examples of propositions which seem to violate this principle. I will propose a nuanced form of modal rationalism consistent with the Kripke/Putnam cases. The rough idea is that rational coherence entails possibility when you grasp the essential nature of what you’re conceiving of.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019-02109-9
Publisher statement:© The Author(s) 2019. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Date accepted:23 January 2019
Date deposited:24 May 2019
Date of first online publication:22 May 2019
Date first made open access:24 May 2019

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