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Physical Necessitism

Khudairi (Bowen), Hasen (Tim) (2014) Physical Necessitism. [Preprint]

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This paper aims to provide two abductive considerations adducing in favor of the thesis of Necessitism in modal ontology. I demonstrate how instances of the Barcan formula can be witnessed, when the modal operators are interpreted 'naturally' -- i.e., as including geometric possibilities -- and the quantifiers in the formula range over a domain of natural, or concrete, entities and their contingently non-concrete analogues. I argue that, because there are considerations within physics and metaphysical inquiry which corroborate modal relationalist claims concerning the possible geometric structures of spacetime, and dispositional properties are actual possible entities, the condition of being grounded in the concrete is consistent with the Barcan formula; and thus -- in the geometric setting -- merits adoption by the Necessitist.

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Item Type: Preprint
Khudairi (Bowen), Hasen (Tim)hasen.khudairi@gmail.com0000-0003-1726-6123
Keywords: Necessitism and Contingentism; Metaphysics of Spacetime; Geometric Modality; Dispositions
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Depositing User: David Elohim
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2024 01:56
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2024 01:56
Item ID: 23183
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Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Date: 2014

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