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Saul Kripke Center Brown Bag Lunch: Antonella Mallozzi

March 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Title: Essence, Explanation, and Modal Knowledge

Speaker: Antonella Mallozzi

Abstract: I develop Kripke’s model of knowledge of a posteriori necessities and propose that knowledge of metaphysical necessity depends on knowledge of essential properties. In my account, essential properties are characterized in terms of their causal roles for determining other properties and behaviors. As a consequence, essential properties have a distinctive explanatory power. I present this account and show how it fits nicely Kripke’s examples of a posteriori necessities as well as other cases. I further suggest that a kind of necessitarianism about the laws of nature follows, and that this is implicit in Naming and Necessity.

When: March 15th, 2pm

Where: Philosophy Department, Rm. 7113.08, The Graduate Center, CUNY



March 15, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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7113 Philosophy Department
365 5th Avenue NYC, United States


Saul Kripke Center
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