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

Volume 17, Issue 3, Septiembre 2002

Manuel Perez Otero
Pages 457-477

Aplicaciones Filosoficas Del Bi-Dimensionalismo
Modalidad y Contenido Epistemico

Kripke argued for the existence of necessary a posteriori truths, and tried to explain why some of them seem to be contingent. His main explanation motivated two philosophical proposals: (i) the attempt - linked to some interpretations of two-dimensionalism - to analyse the epistemic concept of a priori truth using metaphysical modal concepts; (ii) the argument for psychophysical dualism worked out by Kripke relying on his explanation of the appearances of contingency. I point out several difficulties for (i), and argue that (ii) can oe blocked because of the existence of alternative accounts of the phenomenon.