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Single Idea 9174

[catalogued under 10. Modality / D. Knowledge of Modality / 3. A Posteriori Necessary]

Full Idea

Although the statement that this table (if it exists at all) was not made of ice, is necessary, it certainly is not something that we know a priori.

Gist of Idea

It is necessary that this table is not made of ice, but we don't know it a priori


Saul A. Kripke (Identity and Necessity [1971], p.180)

Book Reference

'Meaning and Reference', ed/tr. Moore,A.W. [OUP 1993], p.180

A Reaction

One of the key thoughts in modern philosophy. Kit Fine warns against treating it as a new and exciting toy, but it is a new and exciting toy. Scientific essentialism, which I so want to be true, is built on this proposal.