The Difference between Epistemic & Deontic, Necessity & Possibility, in an Overlapping Diagram – Gretchen McCulloch

Notice that English is generally good at making distinctions between necessity and possibility but bad at making distinctions between epistemic and deontic, which must be cleared up via context. Some languages do make straightforward lexical distinctions between various flavours of modality like epistemic and deontic. 

McCulloch explains the difference between epistemic and deontic necessities and possibilities and what words you should use to differentiate between them in terms that even I can understand.

The Difference between Epistemic & Deontic, Necessity & Possibility, in an Overlapping Diagram – Gretchen McCulloch

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