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Conceivability and possibility: Denying the link


2006 2006

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Conceivability has been used in modern philosophical history to reveal what is and is not possible. Conceivability arguments have intuitive pull, however, they are misguided. David Chalmers offers a compelling conceivability argument which if he is right shows how the conceivability of zombies is proof that physicalism is false. This thesis shows the flaws in Chalmers' argument. While his account of two-dimensional semantics attempts to handle post-Kripkean a posteriori necessities, he fails to show that zombies are conceivable in a way to rule out a posteriori physicalism. He maintains that this position in only tenable if one holds a panprotopsychist thesis, a position in which the physical facts about our world rely on fundamental categorical properties which may be phenomenal or protophenomenal. This is an acceptable position for him, however, he would not like the conclusion that conceivability is not a guide to possibility.

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Subject
Philosophy
Classification
0422: Philosophy
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology
Title
Conceivability and possibility: Denying the link
Author
Weidler-Lewis, Joanna
Number of pages
72
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0051
Source
MAI 44/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542599422, 0542599422
Advisor
Hanna, Robert
University/institution
University of Colorado at Boulder
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1433477
ProQuest document ID
305353295
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305353295/abstract
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