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Single Idea 15032

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

Full Idea

Sidelle defends conventionalism against a posteriori necessities by 'factoring' a necessary a posteriori truth into an analytic component and a nonmodal component. The modal force then comes from the analytic part, and the a posteriority from the other.

Gist of Idea

Necessary a posteriori is conventional for necessity and nonmodal for a posteriority


report of Alan Sidelle (Necessity, Essence and Individuation [1989]) by Theodore Sider - Writing the Book of the World 12.8

Book Reference

Sider,Theodore: 'Writing the Book of the World' [OUP 2011], p.282

A Reaction

[I note that Sidelle refers, it seems, to the nonmodal component as a 'deep explanatory feature', which is exactly what I take an essence to be].