, Volume 78, Issue 2, pp 353–370

The Necessity of Origin: A Long and Winding Route

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10670-011-9354-3

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Ballarin, R. Erkenn (2013) 78: 353. doi:10.1007/s10670-011-9354-3


In the last 30 years much philosophical discussion has been generated by Kripke’s proof of the necessity of origin for material objects presented in footnote 56 of ‘Naming and Necessity’. I consider the two most popular reconstructions of Kripke’s argument: one appealing to the necessary sufficiency of origin, and the other employing a strong independence principle allegedly derived from the necessary local nature of prevention. I argue that, to achieve a general result, both reconstructions presuppose an implicit Humean atomistic thesis of recombination, according to which any two (non-overlapping) possible objects can simultaneously coexist in one and the same world. Yet recombination ill accords with the other assumptions of the proofs. I also argue that the locality of prevention does not entail strong independence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of British Columbia (UBC)VancouverCanada