All Kinds of Possibility

@article{Hacking1975AllKO,
  title={All Kinds of Possibility},
  author={I. Hacking},
  journal={The Philosophical Review},
  year={1975},
  volume={84},
  pages={321}
}
  • I. Hacking
  • Published 1975
  • Philosophy
  • The Philosophical Review
  • Q NE reads of many kinds of possibility: physical, logical, epistemic, de dicto, de re, technical, theoretical, economic, human, real, metaphysical. I describe a simple grammatical device that helps put these cross-cutting classifications in their places. The proposed framework has consequences for essentialism, the ontology of possible things, the number of planets, possible worlds, rigid designators, and the philosophy of Leibniz. For example, in English there are a number of distinct… CONTINUE READING
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