Single Idea 19029

[catalogued under 10. Modality / A. Necessity / 2. Nature of Necessity]

Full Idea

Necessities mark the limits of the potentialities that objects have. More precisely, it is necessary that p just in case nothing has, or had, or will have a potentiality to be such that not-p.

Gist of Idea

It is necessary that p means that nothing has the potentiality for not-p


Barbara Vetter (Potentiality [2015], 6.2)

Book Reference

Vetter,Barbara: 'Potentiality: from Dispositions to Modality' [OUP 2015], p.203

A Reaction

[See Vetter's other ideas for her potentiality account of modality] If we wish to build a naturalistic account of modality (and if you don't want that then your untethered metaphysics will drift away in logical space) then this is the way to go.