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Single Idea 13973

[catalogued under 10. Modality / C. Sources of Modality / 3. Necessity by Convention]

Full Idea

None of Kripke's many achievements is more important than his breaking the spell of the linguistic as the source of philosophically important modalities.

Gist of Idea

A key achievement of Kripke is showing that important modalities are not linguistic in source


Scott Soames (Significance of the Kripkean Nec A Posteriori [2006], p.186)

Book Reference

Soames,Scott: 'Philosophical Essays 2:Significance of Language' [Princeton 2009], p.186

A Reaction

Put like that, Kripke may have had the single most important thought of modern times. I take good philosophy to be exactly the same as good scientific theorising, in that it all arises out of the nature of reality (and I include logic in that).