Conceivability and Possibility

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The capacity to represent things to ourselves as possible plays a crucial role both in everyday thinking and in philosophical reasoning; this volume offers much-needed philosophical illumination of conceivability, possibility, and the relations between them.
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Overview


The capacity to represent things to ourselves as possible plays a crucial role both in everyday thinking and in philosophical reasoning; this volume offers much-needed philosophical illumination of conceivability, possibility, and the relations between them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198250906
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamar Szabo Gendler is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University and John Hawthorne is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: Conceivability and Possibility 1
1 Modal Epistemology and the Rationalist Renaissance 71
2 Berkeley's Puzzle 127
3 Does Conceivability Entail Possibility? 145
4 Desire in Imagination 201
5 Essentialism versus Essentialism 223
6 The Varieties of Necessity 253
7 A Study in Modal Deviance 283
8 On the Metaphysical Contingency of Laws of Nature 309
9 The Art of the Impossible 337
10 Reliability and the A Priori 369
11 What is it Like to be a Zombie? 385
12 The Conceivability of Naturalism 401
13 Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda 441
Index 493
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