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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 13, Issue 3, Septiembre 1998

Niko Strobach
Pages 503-517

Time and Development in Kripke’s “Naming and Necessity”

In this article, I want to focus on time and development in Kripke’s “Naming and Necessity” by considering two topics: (1) the evolution of scientific knowledge; (2) the evolution of biographies. In connection with (1) I suggest the introduction of a sentence operator for epistemic possibility and argue that some of Kripke’s strong metaphysical statements are finely counterbalanced by rather “Popperian” epistemological considerations. In connection with (2) I consider the idea of exploiting necessity of origin for a crossworld identity criterion.

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