Single Idea 16131

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 1. Possibility]

Full Idea

What is 'metaphysically' possible hinges …on the question of whether acceptable metaphysical principles and categories permit the existence of some state of affairs.

Gist of Idea

The metaphysically possible is what acceptable principles and categories will permit


E.J. Lowe (The Possibility of Metaphysics [1998], 1.3)

Book Reference

Lowe,E.J.: 'The Possibility of Metaphysics' [OUP 2001], p.12

A Reaction

Lowe breezes along with confident assertions like this. I once heard Kit Fine tease him for over-confidence. All you do is work out 'acceptable' principles and categories, and you've cracked it!