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Single Idea 12208

[catalogued under 10. Modality / A. Necessity / 6. Logical Necessity]

Full Idea

Validity is governed by epistemic necessity, i.e. an argument is valid if and only if there is an a priori route from premises to conclusion.

Gist of Idea

An argument is only valid if it is epistemically (a priori) necessary


Dorothy Edgington (Two Kinds of Possibility [2004], V)

A Reaction

Controversial, and criticised by McFetridge and Rumfitt. I don't think I agree with her. I don't see validity as depending on dim little human beings.