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.

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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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Berka I 137
Possibility / Aristotle: 1 unilateral: what is not necessary. ("normal" definition today) - 2 two-sided: what is neither necessary nor required (not impossible). (Leading to problems) "pure chance" / Aristotle ... follows from the "two-sided" possibility: for a certain P: it is possible that p, and it is possible that non-P (-> see problem below).


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Brk I
K. Berka/L. Kreiser
Logik Texte Berlin 1983


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