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Single Idea 18619

[catalogued under 10. Modality / B. Possibility / 3. Combinatorial possibility]

Full Idea

The combinatorial account only works if you allow that the elements are recombinable. ...But could Lincoln really have been green? It seems possible that you could jump to the moon, unless we impose some restrictions.

Gist of Idea

Combinatorial possibility has to allow all elements to be combinable, which seems unlikely


Stephen Mumford (Metaphysics: a very short introduction [2012], 8)

Book Reference

Mumford,Stephen: 'Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction' [OUP 2012], p.84

A Reaction

Mumford suggests different combination rules for logical and natural possibility. The general objection is that combinatorial possibility is too permissive - which it clearly is.