Ideas of Nathan Salmon, by Theme
[American, b.1951, Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.]
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2. Reason / D. Definition / 11. Ostensive Definition
18889

Ostensive definitions needn't involve pointing, but must refer to something specific

4. Formal Logic / D. Modal Logic ML / 2. Tools of Modal Logic / b. Terminology of ML
14684

A world is 'accessible' to another iff the first is possible according to the second

4. Formal Logic / D. Modal Logic ML / 3. Modal Logic Systems / d. System T
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For metaphysics, T may be the only correct system of modal logic

4. Formal Logic / D. Modal Logic ML / 3. Modal Logic Systems / f. System B
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System B has not been justified as fallacyfree for reasoning on what might have been

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In B it seems logically possible to have both p true and p is necessarily possibly false

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System B implies that possiblybeingrealized is an essential property of the world

4. Formal Logic / D. Modal Logic ML / 3. Modal Logic Systems / g. System S4
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What is necessary is not always necessarily necessary, so S4 is fallacious

4. Formal Logic / D. Modal Logic ML / 3. Modal Logic Systems / h. System S5
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S4, and therefore S5, are invalid for metaphysical modality [Williamson]

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S5 believers say thatthingsmighthavebeenthatway is essential to ways things might have been

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The unsatisfactory counterparttheory allows the retention of S5

14686

S5 modal logic ignores accessibility altogether

4. Formal Logic / D. Modal Logic ML / 4. Alethic Modal Logic
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Metaphysical (alethic) modal logic concerns simple necessity and possibility (not physical, epistemic..)

7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 9. Vagueness / g. Degrees of vagueness
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It can't be indeterminate whether x and y are identical; if x,y is indeterminate, then it isn't x,x

9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 7. Essence and Necessity / a. Essence as necessary properties
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Essentialism says some properties must be possessed, if a thing is to exist

9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 15. Against Essentialism
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Any property is attached to anything in some possible world, so I am a radical antiessentialist

10. Modality / A. Necessity / 3. Types of Necessity
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Logical possibility contains metaphysical possibility, which contains nomological possibility

10. Modality / A. Necessity / 5. Metaphysical Necessity
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Metaphysical necessity is NOT truth in all (unrestricted) worlds; necessity comes first, and is restricted

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Metaphysical necessity is said to be unrestricted necessity, true in every world whatsoever

14679

Bizarre identities are logically but not metaphysically possible, so metaphysical modality is restricted

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Without impossible worlds, the unrestricted modality that is metaphysical has S5 logic

14690

In the S5 account, nested modalities may be unseen, but they are still there

10. Modality / A. Necessity / 6. Logical Necessity
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Logical necessity is free of constraints, and may accommodate all of S5 logic

10. Modality / A. Necessity / 7. Natural Necessity
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Nomological necessity is expressed with intransitive relations in modal semantics

10. Modality / C. Sources of Modality / 5. Modality from Actuality
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Necessity and possibility are not just necessity and possibility according to the actual world

10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 1. Possible Worlds / b. Impossible worlds
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Impossible worlds are also ways for things to be

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Denial of impossible worlds involves two different confusions

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Without impossible worlds, how things might have been is the only way for things to be

10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 1. Possible Worlds / e. Against possible worlds
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Possible worlds rely on what might have been, so they can' be used to define or analyse modality

10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 2. Nature of Possible Worlds / a. Nature of possible worlds
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Possible worlds are maximal abstract ways that things might have been

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Possible worlds just have to be 'maximal', but they don't have to be consistent

10. Modality / E. Possible worlds / 2. Nature of Possible Worlds / c. Worlds as propositions
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You can't define worlds as sets of propositions, and then define propositions using worlds

19. Language / B. Reference / 3. Direct Reference / a. Direct reference
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The perfect case of direct reference is a variable which has been assigned a value

18885

Kripke and Putnam made false claims that direct reference implies essentialism

19. Language / B. Reference / 4. Descriptive Reference / a. Sense and reference
18886

Frege's 'sense' solves four tricky puzzles

26. Natural Theory / B. Natural Kinds / 5. Reference to Natural Kinds
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Nothing in the direct theory of reference blocks antiessentialism; water structure might have been different
