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Necessity, philosophy: different kinds of necessity are distinguished, differing in their strength. For example, physical, logical or metaphysical necessity. See also necessity de dicto, necessity de re.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Hennig Genz on Necessity - Dictionary of Arguments

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Contingent/necessary/understanding/Genz: contingent: the special elliptical shape of the earth's orbit is contingent and necessary.
Necessary: it is necessary that planetary orbits are elliptical.
Understanding: the understanding of this necessity is deeper understanding.
, >Cognition.
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Natural Laws/Genz: natural laws are necessary characteristics of systems, but this is tautological.
>Systems, >Natural laws.
Are the laws of nature themselves necessary or contingent?
Solution/Genz: there is a hierarchy of natural laws.
World Formula/contingent/Genz: if there were a world formula, it would not be necessary itself, because other worlds are possible. Nevertheless, it could be distinguished by properties that other formulas do not possess.
Cf. >Theory of Everything, >Contingency.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gz I
H. Genz
Gedankenexperimente Weinheim 1999

Henning Genz
Wie die Naturgesetze Wirklichkeit schaffen. Über Physik und Realität München 2002

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