Reading Group

Upcoming session

November 21st - Jessica Leech (2016) - The Varieties of (Relative) Necessity


This week's paper by Jessica Leech continues our series of readings by speakers set to appear at the workshop  "Necessity and Essence".


In ‘The Varieties of Necessity’ Fine presents purported counterexamples to the view that a proposition is a naturally necessary truth if and only if it is logically necessary relative to or conditional upon the basic truths about the status and distribution of natural kinds, properties and relations. The aim of this article is to defend the view that natural necessity is relative necessity, and the general idea that we can define other kinds of necessity as relative, against Fine’s criticisms.