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[catalogued under 10. Modality / A. Necessity / 5. Metaphysical Necessity]

Full Idea

Metaphysical necessity derives from distinguishing things which can happen and things which can't, in virtue of their nature, which we discover empirically: the metaphysically possible, I claim, is constrained by the laws of nature.

Gist of Idea

Metaphysical possibility is discovered empirically, and is contrained by nature


Dorothy Edgington (Two Kinds of Possibility [2004], žI)

A Reaction

She claims that Kripke is sympathetic to this. Personally I like the idea that natural necessity is metaphysically necessary (see 'Scientific Essentialism'), but the other way round comes as a bit of a surprise. I will think about it.