Single Idea 14528

[catalogued under 10. Modality / A. Necessity / 1. Types of Modality]

Full Idea

There are 'transcendental' arguments saying that modal thought is unavoidable - recognition, a priori, of the necessarily truth-preserving character of some forms of inference is a precondition for rational thought in general, and scientific theorizing.

Gist of Idea

Maybe modal thought is unavoidable, as a priori recognition of necessary truth-preservation in reasoning


Bob Hale/ Aviv Hoffmann (Introduction to 'Modality' [2010], 1)

Book Reference

'Modality', ed/tr. Hale,B/Hoffman,A [OUP 2010], p.4

A Reaction

So the debate about the status of logical truths and valid inference, are partly debates about whether out thought has to involve modality, or whether it could just be about the actual world. I take possibilities and necssities to be features of nature.