I am pleased to announce that David Morrow and Moti Mizrahi have agreed to kick off the Cocoon's Working Paper Group with their paper, "Is Conceivability a Reliable Guide to Metaphysical Possibility?" Here's a brief abstract:
In this paper, we develop a reductio against the view that conceivability is prima facie evidence for metaphysical possibility. If sound, our argument shows that we should suspend judgment about the conclusions of conceivability arguments.
Here's how things will work -- the details and ground-rules.
- The paper is posted over at Dropbox.com.
- In order to access it, you must email me at email@example.com for the login and password. Once you have these, just login into dropbox and download the paper.
- Barring unforseen and unfortunate circumstances, our dropbox login and password will be the same for all future working papers.
- The login, password, and working papers themselves are in no circumstance to be distributed to anyone. In order to maintain the integrity of our forum, I alone am authorized to distribute them.
- In order to maintain the safe and supportive integrity of the paper discussion, I will only distribute the login and password to registered members of The Philosophers' Cocoon.
- As always, any professional philosopher who wants to become a member of the Cocoon is welcome to email me to join. However, you must become a member to participate in the working paper group.
- Finally, here are some ground-rules for the paper discussion (which should simply proceed in the comments section below):
- You must have access to -- and presumably have read! -- the paper in order to comment.
- Comments should aim to be helpful in nature. If you raise an objection, try to suggest potential way(s) of resolving it. The purpose of this group is to help our friends here at the Cocoon improve their papers, not to show off one's awesome refutation skills.
- Be a good dude/dude-ette. Do everything you can to make this a positive experience for the paper presenters.
With all that said, let's get this shin-dig started. I'd like to encourage as many of our members as possible to read the paper and get in on the discussion. Let's all help David and Moti out, and make this inaugural edition of our Working Paper Group a success to build upon!