|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. |
|II R. M. Hare Philosophische Entdeckungen in Grewendorf/Meggle(Hg) Linguistik und Philosophie, Frankfurt (Athenäum) 1974/1995
Necessity/Hare: can one say now that the dance "Eightsome Reel" is danced like this and not danced differently? No!
No singular statement about an empirical fact is a necessity. (But a statement about a historical, contingent fact).
Unfortunately, there is also a temptation to name the corresponding statements synthetically or a priori. (Because there is, after all, a description of the correct dance)._____________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.
Richard Mervyn Hare
The Language of Morals Oxford 1991