When we say of a proposition that it is possible, we sometimes mean no more than that it is logically possible, that is, consistent with itself. A proposition can be possible in For a stronger senses than this, but not in any weaker one. sense of "p is possible" that did not entail "p is self-consistent, "would have to be a sense of "p is possible" which was consistent with "p is self-inconsistent" that there can be no such sense as that. And it is obvious One of the stronger senses in which a proposition can be possible is this: consistent (with itself and in addition) (I mean by an observationwith every observation-statement. statement, a proposition which, if it were true, could in principle be discovered by experience to be true.) If a proposition ? is contingent, contradictory) not-p is contingent too; tent with itself. (that is, neither necessarily true ??t necessarily false), then its negation (its and since contingent, not necessarily false; and since not necessarily false, consisSo, given any contingent propositions, its which are possible in the falsity is among those propositions first and weak sense mentioned above. If a proposition ? is not only contingent
Hume Studies – Hume Society
Published: Jan 26, 1975
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