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- n. The characteristic of being conceivable; the ability to be conceived, believed, or understood.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Capability of conveying a meaning; capability of being supposed without self-contradiction or contradiction of something firmly believed; imaginability.
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- n. the state of being conceivable
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I have long claimed that this conceivability is only apparent; some misguided philosophers think they can conceive of a zombie, but they are badly mistaken. nullasalus:
I include (2) because the notion of conceivability has one foot in the psychological camp, like imaginability, and one in the camp of pure logical possibility and therefore helps in the transition from one to the other.
So the kind of conceivability invoked in premisses (1) and (2) needs to be strongly constrained.
Regardless of your decision, book Keith Hackett and Paul Trevillion for pushing the boundaries of conceivability just a little bit too far.
Their conceivability does not zero out the evidential value of all putative IC.
An interior volatile chemical factory isn't beyond conceivability.
Notice that Nagel speaks of the apparent conceivability of a zombie.
Even if the particular mechanism turns out to not be the historical avenue, it shows the conceivability of such a process.
In this case, a plausible reply is simply that fiction delivers no guidance to conceptual investigations: conceivability may well be a guide to possibility, but literary fantasy is by itself no evidence of conceivability (van Inwagen 1993: 229).
But these objections are now generally regarded as special cases of the “conceivability argument” against physicalism, advanced by (among others) Kripke (1972) and Chalmers
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