Martha Kneale on why metaphysical necessities are not a priori - Jessica Leech (KCL)
Cotham House G2
Abstract: In 1938, in her paper “Logical and Metaphysical Necessity”, Martha Kneale argued that metaphysically necessary propositions are not knowable a priori, due to the role that experience has to play in our knowledge of them. I present her argument, and compare it to Kripke’s later arguments that at least some metaphysical necessities are not knowable a priori. I argue that Kneale deserves a more prominent place in our history of the development of thought about modality.