Single Idea 14478

[catalogued under 10. Modality / C. Sources of Modality / 3. Necessity by Convention]

Full Idea

Modal Conventionalism has at least three theses: 1) modal truths are either analytic truths, or combine analytic and empirical truths, 2) modal properties are not intrinsic features of the world, 3) modal propositions depend on linguistic conventions.

Gist of Idea

Modal Conventionalism says modality is analytic, not intrinsic to the world, and linguistic


Amie L. Thomasson (Ordinary Objects [2007], 03.2)

Book Reference

Thomasson,Amie L.: 'Ordinary Objects' [OUP 2010], p.62

A Reaction

[She cites Alan Sidelle 1989 for this view] I disagree mainly with number 2), since I take dispositions to be key intrinsic features of nature, and I interpret dispositions as modal properties.