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Ideas for Speussipus, Noam Chomsky and George Berkeley

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10. Modality / A. Necessity / 10. Impossibility
A thing is shown to be impossible if a contradiction is demonstrated within its definition [Berkeley]
     Full Idea: A thing is shown to be impossible when a repugnancy is demonstrated between the ideas comprehended in its definition.
     From: George Berkeley (Three Dialogues of Hylas and Philonous [1713], II p.214)
     A reaction: The problem is always that imagination is needed to see the 'repugnancy', and that is relative and limited.