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Modality and Similarity
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8170-598X
2004 (English)In: Modal Epistemology / [ed] Erik Weber, Tim De Mey, Bryssel: Contactforum , 2004, p. 63-76Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Kripke famously rejects similarity-based accounts of trans-world identity, or the need for similarity comparisons in modal epistemology. Instead, he invokes the semantic rigidity of names (and natural kind terms) in order to motivate the claim that ”possible worlds are stipulated, not discovered”. But in fact, I argue, Kripke’s own modal metaphysics – and hence, epistemology – makes extensive use of similarity comparisons. The question is whether this should lead us to reject Kripke’s modal semantics and accept counterpart theory. I suggest that we needn’t draw this conclusion. Instead, I argue, the pervasive dependance on similarity undermines the currently orthodox creed that we have a clear notion of de re modality.

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Bryssel: Contactforum , 2004. p. 63-76
Keywords [en]
Modality, similarity, Kripke, counterfactuals, essentialism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-155607DiVA, id: diva2:1201346
Available from: 2018-04-25 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2018-04-25

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