Noûs 54 (4):755-773 (2020)

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Dominic Gregory
University of Sheffield
Abstract
We often ascribe possibility to the scenes that are displayed by mental or nonmental sensory images. The paper presents a novel argument for thinking that we are prima facie justified in ascribing metaphysical possibility to what is displayed by suitable visual images, and it argues that many of our imagery‐based ascriptions of metaphysical possibility are therefore prima facie justified. Some potential objections to the arguments are discussed, and some potential extensions of them, to cover nonvisual forms of imagery and nonmetaphysical forms of possibility, are endorsed.
Keywords modal epistemology  possibility  visual imagery  visualisation  imagination  conceivability
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DOI 10.1111/nous.12275
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