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What's metaphysical about metaphysical necessity?

Cameron, R.P. (2009) What's metaphysical about metaphysical necessity? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 79 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1933-1592

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I begin by contrasting three approaches one can take to the distinction between the essential and accidental properties: an ontological, a deflationary, and a mind-dependent approach. I then go on to apply that distinction to the necessary a posteriori, and defend the deflationist view. Finally I apply the distinction to modal truth in general and argue that the deflationist position lets us avoid an otherwise pressing problem for the actualist: the problem of accounting for the source of modal truth.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 The Author. This is an author produced version of a paper accepted for publication in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 12 month embargo in accordance with the publisher's requirements.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Leeds Philosophy Department
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2007 16:20
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:04
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3218

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