Imagination, Possibility, and Plovers

  • Rebecca HanrahanEmail author
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 378)


In this paper, I explore two aphorisms common in the literature on modal epistemology. The first, The imagination is to the possible as perception is to the actual, I have considered before. (Hanrahan 2007, 2008a, b) From it, I generated a theory that holds that our imagination can provide us with a guide to possibility, if via our best explanation we can tell a story about the sensory images we have called forth that would justify our taking them to be veridical perceptions. Unfortunately, this theory has a limited scope. In this paper, I look to expand its scope by reconsidering this first aphorism in conjunction with the second aphorism, What is actual is also possible. While I do succeed at expanding the scope of my theory, there are still challenges to be met.


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  1. 1.Whitman CollegeWalla WallaUSA

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