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Single Idea 15087

[catalogued under 10. Modality / C. Sources of Modality / 4. Necessity from Concepts]

Full Idea

Conceptual necessities can be taken to be propositions which are true in virtue of the nature of all concepts.

Gist of Idea

Conceptual necessities are made true by all concepts


Bob Hale (Absolute Necessities [1996], p.9)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophical Perspectives' [-], p.9

A Reaction

Fine endorse essences for these concepts. Could we then come up with a new concept which contradicted all the others, and destroyed the necessity? Yes, presumably. Presumably witchcraft and astrology are full of 'conceptual necessities'.