Single Idea 19259

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 4. Conceptual Analysis]

Full Idea

Chalmers' two-dimensional conceivability account of possibility offers a defence of a priori conceptual analysis, and foundations on which a priori philosophy can be furthered.

Gist of Idea

If 2-D conceivability can a priori show possibilities, this is a defence of conceptual analysis


Anand Vaidya (Understanding and Essence [2010], Intro)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophia' [-], p.814

A Reaction

I think I prefer Williamson's more scientific account of possibility through counterfactual conceivability, rather than Chalmers' optimistic a priori account. Deep topic, though, and the jury is still out.

Related Idea

Idea 19258 Evaluate primary possibility from some world, and secondary possibility from this world [Chalmers, by Vaidya]