I owe many thanks to Alex Oliver and Rosanna Keefe for lots of very helpful discussion and comments on earlier drafts of this paper. An anonymous referee for Philosophy and Phenomenological Research also provided insightful comments which forced me to make major revisions to a previous version of this paper. Many thanks too to Simon Blackburn, Paul Galbraith, Alison Hills, Timothy Smiley and Peter Smith for helpful discussion. Finally, thanks to the audience at a meeting of the Cambridge University Moral Sciences Club during May 2000, where I read some of this material.
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2007
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Volume 69, Issue 2, pages 327–348, September 2004
How to Cite
GREGORY, D. (2004), Imagining Possibilities. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 69: 327–348. doi: 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2004.tb00397.x
- Issue published online: 29 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2007
This paper argues that the imaginability of propositions of a certain kind under certain special circumstances implies their possibility. It then attempts to use that conclusion in doing some modal epistemology. In particular, the paper argues that the conclusion justifies some ascriptions of possibility and that it promises to justify some ascriptions of impossibility.