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Single Idea 13810

[catalogued under 10. Modality / C. Sources of Modality / 4. Necessity from Concepts]

Full Idea

It is widely held that the source of de dicto necessity is in concepts, ..but I deny this... even with simple de dicto necessities, the source of the necessity is to be found in the properties to which the predicates of the de dicto truth refer.

Gist of Idea

The source of de dicto necessity is not concepts, but the actual properties of the thing


Graeme Forbes (In Defense of Absolute Essentialism [1986], 3)

Book Reference

'Midwest Studs XI:Essentialism', ed/tr. French,Uehling,Wettstein [Minnesota 1986], p.11

A Reaction

It is normal nowadays to say this about de re necessities, but this is more unusual.

Related Idea

Idea 12028 De re necessity is a form of conceptual necessity, just as de dicto necessity is [Forbes,G]