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The Laws of Modality

Tugby, Matthew

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Nomic realists have traditionally put laws to work within a theory of natural modality, in order to provide a metaphysical source for causal necessitation, counterfactuals, and dispositions. However, laws are well-suited to perform other work as well. Necessitation is a widespread phenomenon and includes (for example) cases of categorial, conceptual, grounding, mathematical and normative necessitation. A permissive theory of universals allows us to extend nomic realism into these other domains. With a particular focus on grounding necessitation, it is argued that the sorts of reasons for positing laws in the natural causal domain also apply in other domains. Laws might well be the source of all first-order modality.


Tugby, M. (2022). The Laws of Modality. Philosophical Studies, 179(8), 2597-2618.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 11, 2022
Online Publication Date Feb 11, 2022
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date Feb 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2022
Journal Philosophical Studies
Print ISSN 0031-8116
Electronic ISSN 1573-0883
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 179
Issue 8
Pages 2597-2618


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