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For example, in Disputation 31, section 6, we see the necessity claim at work in the blurring of the distinction between logical and metaphysical necessity: ‘ ... a thing capable of being created implies merely the lack of contradiction, or logical possibility’ (1983, p. 95). And when explicating the difference between modal and real distinctions Suarez relies again on the powers of God to ground the difference. If two putative entities are only modally distinct they cannot be separated even by God’s infinite power, which, again, is limited only by the principle of non-contradiction: The reason is that if one of these two extremes is of such a nature that this cannot be conserved without the other even by God’s absolute power, this is a strong indication that it is essentially no more than some sort of mode rather than a true entity; if it were a true entity, it could not have so intrinsic a dependence on another entity that God could not supply for the dependence by His infinite power.
Most philosophers go about their business with no overt engagement with, or apparent reliance upon, substantial metaphysical claims. And this is just as well, they say, because most remain to be convinced of the very possibility of metaphysics. 2 Consequently it is hardly surprising that most philosophers maintain that we can – and we must – do without metaphysics. The main burden of this chapter to show what is wrong with this assessment of metaphysics and its prospects. For if metaphysics is ever to be more than a minority interest – let alone restored to its central position within the discipline – this assessment cannot stand.
Entities that cannot be analysed into more basic elements, Descartes writes: ... the conjunction between these simple things is either necessary or contingent. The conjunction is necessary when one of them is somehow implied (albeit confusedly) in the concept of the other so that we cannot conceive either of them distinctly if we judge them to be separate from each other. , because we cannot conceive of a shape which is completely lacking in extension, or a motion wholly lacking in duration ...