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Single Idea 17037

[catalogued under 10. Modality / A. Necessity / 7. Natural Necessity]

Full Idea

Physical necessity might turn out to be necessity in the highest degree. But that's a question which I don't wish to prejudge.

Gist of Idea

Physical necessity may be necessity in the highest degree


Saul A. Kripke (Naming and Necessity lectures [1970], Lecture 2)

Book Reference

Kripke,Saul: 'Naming and Necessity' [Blackwell 1980], p.99

A Reaction

Presumably necessity 'in the highest degree' is 'metaphysical' necessity, but Kripke is a bit coy about that. This is the germ of modern scientific essentialism.