Combining Philosophers

All the ideas for Roy Bhaskar, Trent Dougherty and Ori Simchen

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4. Formal Logic / D. Modal Logic ML / 7. Barcan Formula
The Barcan Formulas are orthodox, but clash with the attractive Actualist view [Simchen]
The Barcan Formulas express how to combine modal operators with classical quantifiers [Simchen]
BF implies that if W possibly had a child, then something is possibly W's child [Simchen]
9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 5. Essence as Kind
Kind essences are the categorical bases of a thing's causal powers [Bhaskar, by Chakravartty]
10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 1. Possible Worlds / d. Possible worlds actualism
Serious Actualism says there are no facts at all about something which doesn't exist [Simchen]
11. Knowledge Aims / B. Certain Knowledge / 3. Fallibilism
Fallibilism is consistent with dogmatism or scepticism, and is not alternative to them [Dougherty]
It is best to see the fallibility in the reasons, rather than in the agents or the knowledge [Dougherty]
We can't normally say that we know something 'but it might be false' [Dougherty]