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- n. The quality of being imaginable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Capacity for imagination.
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No-one would nowadays identify the two (except, perhaps, for certain quasi-realists and anti-realists), but the view that imaginability is a solid test for possibility has been strongly defended.
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.
For an analytical behaviourist the appeal to imaginability made in the argument fails, not because imagination is not a reliable guide to possibility, but because we cannot imagine such a thing, as it is a priori impossible.
The rationale of the argument is a move from imaginability to real possibility.
But nowadays that inference is generally accepted and the issue concerns the relation between imaginability and possibility.
Regardless of whether those pessimistic readings of the debate are correct, and of whether the zombie idea itself is sound or incoherent, it continues to stimulate fruitful work on consciousness, physicalism, phenomenal concepts, and the relations between imaginability, conceivability, and possibility.
Use of the zombie idea against physicalism also raises more general questions about relations between imaginability, conceivability, and possibility.
These improbable creatures inhabit the outlands, the detached and remote zones of landscape and imaginability; in fact, they give vivid biological definition to the very word “outlandish.”
˜conceivability™ argument, often known as the ˜zombie hypothesis™, which claims the imaginability and possibility of my body (or, in some forms, a body physically just like it) existing without there being any conscious states associated with it.
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