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Has the Later Wittgenstein Accounted for Necessity?

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Abstract

In this paper, I argue against the later Wittgenstein's conventionalist account of necessity. I first show that necessary propositions and grammatical rules differ in ways that make an explanation of the former in terms of the latter inadequate. I then argue that even if Wittgenstein's account were adequate, the explanation of necessity it offers would still fail to be genuinely reductive of the modal notion.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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