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The Philosophical Review (2012) 121 (1): 95–124.
Published: 01 January 2012
... from ordinary interpersonal relationships. On this basis, he concluded that relinquishing moral blame isn't a real possibility for us, given our commitment to personal relationships. If well founded, this conclusion puts the traditional free-will debate in a new light. In particular, insofar...
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The Philosophical Review (2023) 132 (1): 1–41.
Published: 01 January 2023
... and necessity. Two central Kantian principles provide the starting point for the comparison: that the possible must be grounded in the actual and that existence is not a real predicate. Both are shown to be intimately connected to the Barcan formulas, and Kant’s views on what he distinguishes as three different...
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The Philosophical Review (2014) 123 (2): 205–229.
Published: 01 April 2014
... and shows why this idea, though initially appealing, does not address the real problem. As the essay shows, the idea derives its spurious plausibility from the fact that the dependency conception cannot even make sense of our pretheoretic idea of causal redundancy. The essay concludes by briefly discussing...
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The Philosophical Review (2022) 131 (2): 129–168.
Published: 01 April 2022
... 2022 by Cornell University 2022 Kant categories necessity undecidability real possibility aliens luminosity humility Thus here is a case where the common saying holds, that no answer is an answer. The Critique of Pure Reason aims to explain the possibility of synthetic a priori...
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The Philosophical Review (2018) 127 (4): 523–528.
Published: 01 October 2018
... at the heart of Kant's criticism of logicism concern the nature of possibility and necessity, and how we can come to know that something is “really”—that is, metaphysically—possible. Real or metaphysical possibility concerns the being or existence of the thing or event in question. For example, in asking...
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The Philosophical Review (2013) 122 (2): 155–187.
Published: 01 April 2013
... . ———. 2000 . “ God, Possibility, and Kant .” Faith and Philosophy 17 , no. 4 : 425 – 39 . Armstrong David . 1989 . A Combinatorial Theory of Possibility . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Chignell Andrew . 2009 . “ Kant, Modality, and the Most Real Being .” Archiv für...
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The Philosophical Review (2019) 128 (3): 371–375.
Published: 01 July 2019
... possibilities. However, his definition does not require that one's beliefs also retain a high degree of belief if one comes to know, jointly or consecutively, two things one deems real possibilities, or three , or four . What is so special about learning one thing? Whatever makes the idea of stability...
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The Philosophical Review (2001) 110 (1): 120–122.
Published: 01 January 2001
... as to how we’ll use that liberty, there’s a real possibility that we’ll consistently mess up both our own lives and God’s world. Without middle knowledge, no amount of divine tinkering, either here or in the after- life, can assure God that his bestowal of freedom won’t turn out to be a gift he’ll...
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The Philosophical Review (2007) 116 (2): 251–266.
Published: 01 April 2007
.... But it is metaphysically impossible for this very wooden paperweight to be made of plastic. So if we insist that the epistemic possibilities be real possibilities, then we will have to say that the world as it might have been (according to David) is a world in which the paperweight in ques- tion was a similar...
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The Philosophical Review (2017) 126 (3): 417–420.
Published: 01 July 2017
... memory knowledge. Overall, this seems correct. However, I believe that there is a real possibility of skepticism about some types of episodic memory. It is likely that there are endorsement mechanisms that select for properties other than truth. This is apparent in the case of autobiographical memory...
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The Philosophical Review (2015) 124 (4): 578–582.
Published: 01 October 2015
... of “belief” (see 24, 246–47). Here, however, one thinks of Kant's claims from the second Critique 's preface, that our consciousness of the moral law is “the ratio cognoscendi ” for freedom (5:4n), and that, in virtue of such consciousness, freedom is the single object of pure reason whose real possibility...
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The Philosophical Review (2013) 122 (4): 651–657.
Published: 01 October 2013
... may, for all we know (theoretically), be “really repugnant” in a way that would make their objects really impossible. The first and second solutions both depend on the principle that actuality entails real possibility. According to the first solution, the needs and interests of reason that lead us...
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The Philosophical Review (2010) 119 (4): 449–495.
Published: 01 October 2010
..., Kant remarks regarding his attempted proof of the ens realissimum (or “most real being”) in his 1763 work The Only Possible Basis for a Demonstration of the Existence of God that this proof is unable to establish the objective necessity of an original being; rather it establishes only...
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The Philosophical Review (2000) 109 (2): 235–266.
Published: 01 April 2000
... the phaenomena of our outer sense (the nature of matter) does not permit the existence of such a thing. And although the concept of God as the most real being is possible, Kant argues that we cannot adjudicate the possiilility of such a being itself (at least on theo- retical grounds). In order...
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The Philosophical Review (2021) 130 (3): 385–449.
Published: 01 July 2021
... “as holding for things in themselves in virtue of some special feature they possess, but instead simply regards it as holding for real existents as such. Like the determinacy principle [one of each possible pair of contradictory predicates must belong to any real entity], it is intended as a general logical...
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The Philosophical Review (2019) 128 (4): 423–462.
Published: 01 October 2019
... is, at the very least, a real possibility. Note that the relationship between struggling and winning, for the striving player, cannot be explained with a straightforward means-end story. The striving player takes on an interest in winning in order to have the struggle. But in order to have the right kind...
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The Philosophical Review (2004) 113 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 January 2004
... the utterance fictionally true at w, and then relies on intuitions about when this is so: [W]e need to ask which real possibilities make it fictionally true that there are possibilities in which “[Hamlet] exists”. I believe the following ideas are defensible: normally, (a) no possible world...
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The Philosophical Review (2004) 113 (2): 157–201.
Published: 01 April 2004
..., where he says that the princi- ples of mathematics all acquire their possibility from the principles of the Axi- oms and Anticipations. One might counter that Kant thinks that demonstrating the real possibil- ity of mathematics amounts to establishing its application to the objects...
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The Philosophical Review (2007) 116 (3): 323–360.
Published: 01 July 2007
... the sum total of all possibilities” (Bxxvin). For the principle of ground-consequence, see, for example, A73/B98 and 20:292. 348 Belief in Kant grounds all real possibility. This assent, too, is a result of the rational need...
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The Philosophical Review (2014) 123 (1): 1–41.
Published: 01 January 2014
... infinitesimal is too small—but by definition, there is nothing smaller than every positive real number except for these infinitesimals. So no value is possible. The problem with these arguments is that we are trying to use a nonstandard model to calculate the probability that every standard flip...