Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Criteria: do not follow from a definition but must be developed. The criteria for the application of a concept to an object are more concerned with language practice in a community. E.g. the definition of truth does not provide a criterion for which sentences are true.
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Possibility / Criterion / Lewis / Stalnaker: there is no criterion for possibility. Solution: understand what is possible, rather than to decide - e.g. if water could have been something else than H2O. - Ultimately, it is about understanding of expressions - not about the status of worlds. (poss. or imposs. worlds).

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R. Stalnaker
Ways a World may be Oxford New York 2003

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-29