Mark Fiocco, a philosophy professor at the University of California, Irvine, will present a lecture entitled ‘‘The Epistemic Idleness of Conceivability.’’
Traditionally, the notion of conceivability has been regarded as crucial to an account of modal knowledge. The conceivability of, say, a proposition is supposed to provide at least some evidence that what that proposition represents is possible. I maintain that there could be no account of conceivability on which it is epistemically efficacious, that the very idea of the conceivability of a proposition being evidential is misguided. I conclude with some brief recommendations for pursuing a satisfactory modal epistemology.
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