"Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda." In Conceivability
and Possibility, ed.
I will argue that not only are there clear counter-examples to the conceivability
thesis, given any usable account of conceivability
, but that merely conceiving of a state of affairs gives us no reason whatsoever to think that state of affairs to be possible.
But in any case, in the following I want to grant to the proponent of the Conceivability
Arguments as much as possible.
(1) The conceivability
of the physical world's running in the opposite temporal direction.
The author argues that there remains an important, popular, and plausible-looking form of conceivability
argument that Loar has entirely overlooked.
At the same time, we may address God, as that absolute notion, requiring no grander concept, to clarify the knowability or conceivability
of the Deity.
This helps explain the second reason alarmism is useful: By defining the boundaries of conceivability
more accurately, catastrophic thinking makes it easier to see the threat of climate change clearly.
Mala Chatterjee, Note, Conceptual Separability as Conceivability
: A Philosophical Analysis of the Useful Articles Doctrine, 93 N.Y.U.
Twombly, where plausibility was contrasted with mere conceivability
(i.e., the condition of being minimally reasonable or possible, a standard more akin to the one I adopt here).
question is one of conceivability
, not foreseeability in such settings.
Perry, J.: Possibility, Consciousness and Conceivability
. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2001.
But close analysis of the Treatise theory shows it to be an unsatisfactory reworking of Locke's taxonomy, implausibly identifying relations with mental operations and delivering a confused criterion of demonstrability which Hume subsequently abandons in favor of his conceivability
My supervisor Francesco Berto is investigating questions highly relevant to my projects, especially in his current work that develops a logic of conceivability
. I will also make two visits to Oxford Philosophy to discuss my project research with Timothy Williamson, who has made some of the key contributions to the epistemology of counterfactual thinking and the imagination to date.The project will give me the opportunity to establish myself as an important scholar in analytic philosophy.
discovery, assessing "reasonable conceivability
" for purposes
Epistemic possibility, in terms of conceptual conceivability
, is not a reliable guide to metaphysics modality.