Conceivability, rigidity and counterpossibles

Synthese 171 (3):377 - 386 (2009)
Abstract
Wright (In Gendler and Hawthorne (Eds.), Conceivability and possibility, 2002) rejects some dominant responses to Kripke’s modal argument against the mind-body identity theory, and instead he proposes a new response that draws on a certain understanding of counterpossibles. This paper offers some defensive remarks on behalf of Lewis’ objection to that argument, and it argues that Wright’s proposal fails to fully accommodate the conceivability intuitions, and that it is dialectically ineffective.
Keywords The identity theory  Conceivability  Rigidity  Counterpossibles  Kripke
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    David J. Chalmers (2002). Does Conceivability Entail Possibility? In Tamar S. Gendler & John Hawthorne (eds.), Conceivability and Possibility. Oxford University Press. 145--200.
    D. K. Lewis (1991). Knowing What It is Like'in DM Rosenthal. In David M. Rosenthal (ed.), The Nature of Mind. Oxford University Press.

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