Single Idea 17693

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 5. Contingency]

Full Idea

It may be that the necessary/contingent distinction is tied to a metaphysics which recognises possibility as a real something wider than actuality.

Gist of Idea

The necessary/contingent distinction may need to recognise possibilities as real


David M. Armstrong (What is a Law of Nature? [1983], 11.2)

Book Reference

Armstrong,D.M.: 'What is a Law of Nature?' [CUP 1985], p.163

A Reaction

Armstrong responds by trying to give an account of possibility in terms of 'combinations' from actuality. I think powers offer a much better strategy.