By Fraser MacBride
The 11 new papers during this quantity tackle basic and interrelated philosophical matters relating modality and id, matters that have been pivotal to the advance of analytic philosophy within the 20th century, and stay a key concentration of discussion within the twenty-first. id and Modality brings jointly best researchers in metaphysics, the philosophy of brain, the philosophy of technological know-how, and the philosophy of arithmetic.
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X; see also ‘Rearrangement of Particles’, 195. 5 44 / Modal Infallibilism and Basic Truth The possibility of enduring runabouts is a matter of Basic Metaphysics. Our sixth claim is thus (6) Enduring runabouts are possible. 3. Two Problems Now we are in trouble. (6) interacts badly with the combination of (1), (2), (4), and (5); and it interacts badly with that of (1) and (3). In the ﬁrst case we get the problem of shapeshifting. In the second we get that of placeshifting. Consider each in turn.
Maddy, Penelope (1997), Naturalism in Mathematics (Oxford: OUP). van Fraassen, Bas (1977), ‘Platonism’s Pyrrhic Victory’, in Marcus et al. ), The Logical Enterprise (New Haven: Yale University Press), 39–50. van Inwagen, Peter (1990), Material Beings (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press). 2 Modal Infallibilism and Basic Truth Scott Sturgeon 1. Introduction This paper concerns intelligibility and possibility. It argues no linking principle of the form (L) Int(ø) ⇒ ø is valid. The notion of intelligibility will vary throughout the discussion.
After all, sums are none but the sum of their parts. Strict identity of part ensures that of sum. Our ﬁfth claim of Basic Metaphysics is thus (5) Necessarily, if 1 and 2 have strictly identical parts, 1 = 2. (vi) So far so good. (1)–(5) are popular claims. They yield conﬂict, though, when married to this line from Lewis: There might be things that endure identically through time or space, and trace out loci that cut across all lines of [Humean] continuity. It is not, alas, unintelligible that there might be suchlike rubbish.