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conceive of (someone or something)

To think of someone or something, often in a particular way. Considering her lack of patience, I have a really hard time conceiving of her as a kindergarten teacher. Leave it to Ben to conceive of a totally ridiculous plan.
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conceive of (someone or something) as (someone or something)

To think of someone or something in a different way than usual. Considering her lack of patience, I have a really hard time conceiving of her as a kindergarten teacher.
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conceive of someone or something

to think of or invent the notion of someone or something. Who on earth ever conceived of doing this? Edison conceived of many very useful things that we now use every day.
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conceive of someone or something as someone or something

to think of someone as being someone else; to think of something as being something else. I can't conceive of you as a pilot. I can conceive of this grassy spot as a very interesting setting for a cottage.
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So long as R is a physical relation, and so long as competence with the concept of consciousness does not entail knowledge of R, the materialist can maintain both the conceivability (conceptual coherence) and the metaphysical impossibility of a zombie world.
To establish the initial conceivability premise, Dualists can just point to the chauvinism-liberalism problem haunting IT and Functionalism.
One major philosophical problem concerns the entailment from conceivability to so-called absolute possibility in thought experiments of theoretical philosophy: how does conceiving a scenario give evidence of its possibility LoC will address such issues via the techniques of non-classical logics with non-normal worlds semantics.
All these considerations of how self-determination is central to reason and philosophy might seem vain reveries in face of the withering objections that some of the greatest philosophers have directed at the conceivability of freedom.
While this goal is perhaps commendable, readers will not get very far into Good God--perhaps to the application of Goldbach's conjecture to conceivability limits (59-60)--without recognizing the benefits of some formal training in philosophy (and perhaps theology, for later chapters) for a full appreciation of the discussion.
unavoidability, real and fictional necessity, possible worlds, epistemic necessity, necessity de re, conceivability and implication.
Rather than directing its analysis to the conceivability of the claim, as would have been the procedure under Conley v.
The "being" of unactualized possibility does not inhere in its relation to this or that specific mind, but to its conceivability by mind-in-general, in terms of the linguistic resources that are a common capability of intelligence as we know it.
The argument, unsurprisingly, has certain affinities with classic idealist arguments, which treat conceivability as a guide to ontology.
Certainly, conceivability, broadly construed, plays an important role in forming modal judgements.
Gerald Massey makes a similar point in 'Backdoor Analyticity', arguing that in their use of TEs as counterexamples which appeal to conceivable states of affairs, philosophers should avoid facile conceptions and instead try to match the standards of conceivability that have been developed in the sciences (H&M, pp.
One powerful argument for dualism is provided by Chalmers: the zombie or conceivability argument.
Further, this can be done without relying on the notions of conceivability or psychological law as logically relevant.
If, as Pereboom contends, the knowledge argument and the conceivability argument presuppose that our introspective representations of consciousness are accurate, then if it is an open possibility that such representations are inaccurate, it will follow that such arguments fail to establish the falsity of physicalism.
1997, "Imaginability, Conceivability, Possibility and the Mind-Body Problem", Philosophical Studies, vol.