Hyperintensional metaphysics

Nolan, Daniel (2014) Hyperintensional metaphysics. Philosophical Studies, 171 1: 149-160. doi:10.1007/s11098-013-0251-2

Author Nolan, Daniel
Title Hyperintensional metaphysics
Journal name Philosophical Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-8116
Publication date 2014-10
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11098-013-0251-2
Open Access Status
Volume 171
Issue 1
Start page 149
End page 160
Total pages 12
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract In the last few decades of the twentieth century there was a revolution in metaphysics: the intensional revolution. Many metaphysicians rejected the doctrine, associated with Quine and Davidson, that extensional analyses and theoretical resources were the only acceptable ones. Metaphysicians embraced tools like modal and counterfactual analyses, claims of modal and counterfactual dependence, and entities such as possible worlds and intensionally individuated properties and relations. The twenty-first century is seeing a hypterintensional revolution. Theoretical tools in common use carve more finely than by necessary equivalence: two pieces of language can apply to the same entities across all possible worlds but not be equivalent; thoughts can be necessarily equivalent in truth value but not synonymous. This paper argues that hyperintensional resources are valuable in metaphysics outside theories of representation, and discusses some promising areas of hyperintensional metaphysics.
Keyword Metaphysics
Impossible worlds
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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