Alethic modality is deontic

Mind and Language (forthcoming)
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According to one view of alethic modality, to say that something is necessary is to say that we must take that thing to be true according to rules of thinking or linguistic rules. In other words, alethic modality is reduced to deontic modality with respect to thoughts or language. This view has been argued to have many philosophical advantages over the traditional view that takes alethic modality to describe something in the world. In this paper, I argue that the deontic view also enjoys a wide range of empirical supports from linguistics and psychology.

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Qiong Wu
University of Notre Dame


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