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Single Idea 4728

[catalogued under 10. Modality / D. Knowledge of Modality / 1. A Priori Necessary]

Full Idea

It is now recognised that the apriori and the necessary don't always have to go together, ..and Kripke has suggested examples of necessary-aposteriori and contingent-apriori beliefs.

Gist of Idea

Kripke separates necessary and a priori, proposing necessary a posteriori and contingent a priori examples


report of Saul A. Kripke (Naming and Necessity lectures [1970]) by Paul O'Grady - Relativism Ch.4

Book Reference

O'Grady,Paul: 'Relativism' [Acumen 2002], p.119

A Reaction

The simple point is that whether something is necessary or contingent is a quite separate question from how we come to know that they are. There isn't a new mode of reality called 'necessary a posteriori'.