Conceivability, rigidity and counterpossibles

Jesper Kallestrup*

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Abstract

Wright (In Gendler and Hawthorne (Eds.), Conceivability and possibility, 2002) rejects some dominant responses to Kripke's modal argument against the mind-body identity theory, and instead he proposes a new response that draws on a certain understanding of counterpossibles. This paper offers some defensive remarks on behalf of Lewis' objection to that argument, and it argues that Wright's proposal fails to fully accommodate the conceivability intuitions, and that it is dialectically ineffective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-386
Number of pages10
JournalSynthese
Volume171
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Conceivability
  • Counterpossibles
  • Kripke
  • Rigidity
  • The identity theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences(all)

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