Chemical Possibility and Modal Semantics

Publication Year:
2007
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3799
Author(s):
Sharlow, Mark
preprint description
In the course of their work, chemists sometimes judge particular chemical processes to be possible or impossible. In this note I examine the semantics of the notion of possibility implicit in these judgments. I argue that standard possible worlds semantics does not allow an adequate analysis of this notion, and I suggest a modification of possible worlds semantics that may overcome this limitation.