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The Nature of Necessity$
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Alvin Plantinga

Print publication date: 1978

Print ISBN-13: 9780198244141

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198244142.001.0001

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Modality De Re: Explanations

Modality De Re: Explanations

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(p.27) III Modality De Re: Explanations
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The Nature of Necessity
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Alvin Plantinga (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198244142.003.0003

I explain modality de re in terms of modality de dicto because there are those who feel that modality de dicto is easier to understand. I argue that the de dicto properties of what I call the kernel proposition can indicate whether x has P essentially. I then provide directions on how to determine the kernel proposition for an object x and a property P. I conclude by addressing some objections. In particular, I argue that my account is not circular despite its reliance on proper names.

Keywords:   de dicto, de re, essential, kernel proposition, modality, proper names, property, proposition

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