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The PossibleA Sociocultural Theory$
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Vlad P. Glăveanu

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197520499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197520499.001.0001

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The Impossible

The Impossible

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The Possible

Vlad P. Glăveanu

Oxford University Press

This final chapter addresses the question of what might be the opposite of the possible. The impossible emerges as a likely candidate, but a closer inspection of this notion reveals the fact that we can and do develop perspectives on what we consider impossible. As such, a distinction needs to be made between what is impossible to think about (the unthinkable) and what is impossible to do (the undoable). The former, rather than the latter, marks the absolute absence of possibility. However, in line with the sociocultural theory put forward in the book, the chapter proposes the notion of the “non-possible” as a more appropriate counterpart of the possible and describes it as the imposition of singular, hegemonic perspectives that do not recognize difference or allow dialogues to emerge. Some final thoughts about how spaces of possibility can be cultivated are offered toward the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   possible, impossible, non-possible, power, thinkable, unthinkable, monologism

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