conceivability


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con·ceive

 (kən-sēv′)
v. con·ceived, con·ceiv·ing, con·ceives
v.tr.
1. To become pregnant with (offspring): She conceived her first child in London, but her second child was conceived in Paris.
2. To form or develop in the mind: conceive a plan to increase profits; conceive a passion for a new acquaintance.
3. To apprehend mentally; understand: couldn't conceive the meaning of that sentence.
4. To be of the opinion that; think: didn't conceive that such a tragedy could occur.
5. To begin or originate in a specific way: a political movement that was conceived in the ferment of the 1960s.
v.intr.
1. To form or hold an idea: Ancient peoples conceived of the earth as flat.
2. To become pregnant.

[Middle English conceiven, from Old French concevoir, conceiv-, from Latin concipere : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

con·ceiv′a·bil′i·ty, con·ceiv′a·ble·ness n.
con·ceiv′a·ble adj.
con·ceiv′a·bly adv.
con·ceiv′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conceivability - the state of being conceivable
possibleness, possibility - capability of existing or happening or being true; "there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"
References in classic literature ?
"You do not admit the conceivability at all?" he queried.
Casullo, Albert (1979) "Reid and Mill on Hume's Maxim of Conceivability," Analysis, vol.
It is only conceivability, not actuality, I need to make my point.
Sertillanges rephrases the definition of creation, focusing on the created being: "creation, he says, is the very being of the creatures, as depending on God." (39) I intend to show that this enables him to avoid Sartre's objections to the conceivability of created beings out of God.
Nevertheless, in this modified model, even if primary non-ideal conceivability entails primary possibility (Chalmers, 2003), it seems it will not necessarily entail the standard two-dimensional conception of epistemic possibility; at best we might claim it entails the weaker epistemic possibility whereby one can be in a world where a belief is false but, provided one does not know that, the belief would still be epistemically possible.
Exploring the limits of conceivability is not exploring the limits of imagination or logical coherence; it is exploring the intelligibility of a given account of the acquisition and possession of the capacity for thought.
Malcolm, Norman, 1968, "The Conceivability of Mechanism", The Philosophical Review, 77, pp.
(2) Conceivability. In a discussion about conceivability, Block and Stalnaker discuss the issue (raised by Levine 1993) of whether it is conceivable that P holds without Wholding, where P is the complete microphysical truth and Wis `water is boiling'.
For the sake of convenience we might label this claim the conceivability thesis.
The proponent of a claim of property identity (even synthetically construed) is committed to the necessary co-extension of predicates, and so to the inconceivability of divergent extensions--the identity claim is then defeated given the conceivability of divergent extensions.
But Craig insist that the imaginability or conceivability of this does not entail it is really possible (as distinct from being merely epistemically possible):
Does Conceivability Entail Metaphysical Possibility?