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The Impossible: An Essay on Hyperintensionality

Mark Jago


We think about impossible things all the time. In many philosophical or mathematical debates, when one side of the argument gets things wrong, it necessarily gets them wrong. As we consider both sides of one of these philosophical arguments, we will at some point think about something that’s impossible. Yet most philosophical accounts of meaning and content hold that we can’t meaningfully think or reason about the impossible. This book argues that we often gain new information, new beliefs and, sometimes, fresh knowledge through logic, mathematics and philosophy. That’s why logic, mathematics ... More

Keywords: hyperintensionality, impossible worlds, content, knowledge, belief, information, meaning, informative deduction, bounded rationality, epistemic oversights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198709008
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Jago, author
University of Nottingham