Antonella Mallozzi "A Kripkean Look at Chalmers’s Modal Epistemology" at Logic & Metaphysics Group May 14

Antonella Mallozzi “A Kripkean Look at Chalmers’s Modal Epistemology” at Logic & Metaphysics Group May 14

Logic and Metaphysics Workshop

Final Meeting, Spring 2015
Thursday 14 May, 4.15-6.15
Room 7395, Graduate Center, CUNY

Speaker:  Antonella Mallozzi, CUNY GC

A Kripkean look at Chalmers’s modal epistemology

Abstract:  Chalmers argues that we have a priori access to metaphysical modality. His main thesis is that conceivability entails possibility. However, Kripkean a posteriori necessities are usually thought to constitute a challenge to this thesis. Although we can conceive in some sense that Hesperus is not Phosphorus, this is not metaphysically possible. Chalmers’s account proposes to meet this challenge by refining both the notions of conceivability and possibility. In this work-in-progress talk, I look at Chalmers’s proposal from a Kripkean perspective. My goal is to reveal a fundamental fracture between Chalmers and the Kripkean. Moreover, I argue that the modal knowledge we can gain a priori through Chalmers’s conceivability does not match our metaphysical interests.

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