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Single Idea 10652

[catalogued under 10. Modality / D. Knowledge of Modality / 4. Conceivable as Possible / b. Conceivable but impossible]

Full Idea

Conceivability may well be a guide to possibility, but literary fantasy is by itself no evidence of conceivability.

Gist of Idea

Conceivability may indicate possibility, but literary fantasy does not


Achille Varzi (Mereology [2003], 2.1)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.5

A Reaction

Very nice. People who cite 'conceivability' in this context often have a disgracefully loose usage for the word. Really, really conceivable is probably our only guide to possibility.