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Chemical Possibility and Modal Semantics

Sharlow, Mark (2007) Chemical Possibility and Modal Semantics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In the course of their work, chemists sometimes judge particular chemical processes to be possible or impossible. In this note I examine the semantics of the notion of possibility implicit in these judgments. I argue that standard possible worlds semantics does not allow an adequate analysis of this notion, and I suggest a modification of possible worlds semantics that may overcome this limitation.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Sharlow, Mark
Additional Information: A previous version of this paper appeared on the author's website.
Keywords: modality, possibility, chemistry, possible worlds
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
Depositing User: Mark Sharlow
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:16
Item ID: 3799
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3799

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