Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Possibility, philosophy: something is possible if it cannot be excluded. This has to be distinguished from the concept of contingency that expresses that something could have been different.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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I 140
Possible objects/Unrealized possibilities/Individuation/Identification/Quine/Dennett: the possible fat man in the entrance and the possible bald man in the entrance: are they the same possible man, or there are two different possible men? Would their similarity make them into one? Are no two possible things equal?
I 141
Possibility/Dennett: Degrees: from weak to strong: 1) logical , 2) physical, 3) biological, 4) historical - (>stronger/weaker) - Problem: E.g. time travel: how to distinguish logical and physical possibility?
I 162
Possibility/Dennett: Lewis: pro graded possibility (Dennett dito) - problem: not the same as accessibility within the Library of Babel (or Mendel ) - this is greater than the universe.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Den I
D. Dennett
Darwins gefährliches Erbe Hamburg 1997

Den II
D. Dennett
Spielarten des Geistes Gütersloh 1999

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