Single Idea 19268

[catalogued under 10. Modality / D. Knowledge of Modality / 4. Conceivable as Possible / c. Possible but inconceivable]

Full Idea

If we aim to derive impossibility from inconceivability, we may either face a failure to conceive something, or arrive at a state of incoherence in conceiving.

Gist of Idea

Inconceivability (implying impossibility) may be failure to conceive, or incoherence


Anand Vaidya (Understanding and Essence [2010], 'Application')

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophia' [-], p.831

A Reaction

[summary] Thus I can't manage to conceive a multi-dimensional hypercube, but I don't even try to conceive a circular square. In both cases, we must consider whether the inconceivability results from our own inadequacy, rather than from the facts.