The Philosophical Society (Week 7, HT18) [Cancelled]
Friday 2nd March 2018, 15:30
Lecture Room Radcliffe Humanities
[This seminar has been cancelled due to the weather. It will be rescheduled for MT18.]
Speaker: John Divers (Leeds)
Title: 'Some Skeptical Questions About Metaphysical Necessity'
There is room for an eminently sensible scepticism about metaphysical necessity. Such a scepticism has a pragmatic rationale. Why should we not simply abstain from metaphysical modalizing, and thereby avoid the theoretical costs of the associated commitments? I consider the problems associated with attempting to motivate modalizing that is properly metaphysical by appeal to connections with: objective probability, counterfactual reasoning and a distinctive style of explanation