Modal humeanism and arguments from possibilityModal humeanism and arguments from possibility
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. - London
113(2013):3, p. 391-401
Sider (2011, 2013) proposes a reductive analysis of metaphysical modality(modal) Humeanismand goes on to argue that it has interesting epistemological and methodological implications. In particular, Humeanism is supposed to undermine a class of arguments from possibility, which includes Sider's (1993) own argument against mereological nihilism and Chalmers's (1996) argument against physicalism. I argue that Sider's arguments do not go through, and moreover that we should instead expect Humeanism to be compatible with the practice of arguing from possibility in philosophy.