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Single Idea 19660

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 5. Contingency]

Full Idea

My term 'precariousness' designates a possibility of not-being which must eventually be realised. By contrast, absolute contingency designates a pure possibility; one which may never be realised.

Gist of Idea

Possible non-being which must be realised is 'precariousness'; absolute contingency might never not-be


Quentin Meillassoux (After Finitude; the necessity of contingency [2006], 3)

Book Reference

Meillassoux: 'After Finitude: the necessity of contingency', ed/tr. Brassier,R [Bloomsbury 2008], p.62

A Reaction

I thoroughly approve of this distinction, because I have often enountered the assumption that all contingency is precariousness, and I have never seen why that should be so. In Aquinas's Third Way, for example. The 6 on a die may never come up.

Related Ideas

Idea 19667 If the laws of nature are contingent, shouldn't we already have noticed it? [Meillassoux]