Two morals about a modal paradox
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Roberts, A. (2021). Two morals about a modal paradox. Synthese, 198 (10), 9873-9896. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-020-02693-1
Chisholm’s Paradox serves as an important constraint on our modal theorising. For example, one lesson of the paradox is that widely accepted essentialist theses are incompatible with metaphysical necessity obeying a logic that includes S4. However, this article cautions against treating Chisholm’s Paradox in isolation, as a single line of reasoning. To this end, the article outlines two crucial morals about Chisholm’s Paradox which situate the paradox within a broad family of paradoxes. Each moral places significant constraints on the paradox’s solution space. In light of this perspective, the paper applies the two morals to a recently proposed solution to Chisholm’s Paradox by Benj Hellie, Adam Murray, and Jessica Wilson (2012; forthcoming).
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-020-02693-1
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