Logical and Analytic Truths That Are Not Necessary


Edward N. Zalta


The Journal of Philosophy, 85/2, February 1988, 57-74


The author describes an interpreted modal language and produces some clear examples of logical and analytic truths that are not necessary. These examples: (a) are far simpler than the ones cited in the literature, (b) show that a popular conception of logical truth in modal languages is incorrect, and (c) show that there are contingent truths knowable ``a priori'' that do not depend on fixing the reference of a term.

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