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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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"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 principle.
Epistemic possibility, in terms of conceptual conceivability, is not a reliable guide to metaphysics modality.