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Epistemology and Possibility

  • Rebecca Hanrahan (a1)

Recently the discussion surrounding the conceivability thesis has been less about the link between conceivability and possibility per se and more about the requirements of a successful physicalist program. But before entering this debate it is necessary to consider whether conceivability provides us with even prima facie justification for our modal beliefs. I argue that two methods of conceiving—imagining that p and telling a story about p—can provide us with such justification, but only if certain requirements are met. To make these arguments, I consider those of Paul Tidman, whose position I use as a foil.

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Katalin Balog 1999Conceivability, Possibility, and the Mind-Body Problem.” The Philosophical Review, 108, 4: 497528.

Ned Block , and Robert Stalnaker 1999Conceptual Analysis, Dualism, and the Explanatory Gap.” The Philosophical Review, 108, 1: 146.

David Chalmers , and Frank Jackson 2001Conceptual Analysis and Reductive Explanation.” The Philosophical Review, 110: 315–61.

Joseph Levine 2001 Purple Haze: The Puzzle of Consciousness. New York: Oxford University Press.

S. Yablo 1993Is Conceivability a Guide to Possibility?Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 53, 1: 142.

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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