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Michael Jubien


This book offers a new analysis of the metaphysical concepts of possibility and necessity, one that does not rely on any sort of ‘possible worlds’. The analysis proceeds from an account of the notion of a physical object and from the positing of properties and relations. It is motivated by considerations about how we actually speak of and think of objects. The book discusses several closely related topics, including different purported varieties of possible worlds, the doctrine of ‘essentialism’, natural kind terms and alleged examples of necessity a posteriori. The book also offers a new theo ... More

Keywords: possibility, necessity, physical object, possible worlds, essentialism, necessity a posteriori, proper names

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199232789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199232789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Jubien, author
University of Florida

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