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Diccionario filosófico
Complete edition

Diccionario de Filosofía
Brief definition of the most important concepts of philosophy.


A Dictionary of English Philosophical Terms Francis Garden

Vocabulary of Philosophy, Psychological, Ethical, Metaphysical
William Fleming

Biografías y semblanzas Biographical references and lives of philosophers

Brief introduction to the thought of Ortega y Gasset

History of Philosophy Summaries

Historia de la Filosofía
Explanation of the thought of the great philosophers; summaries, exercises...

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Jaime Balmes

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Zeferino González

Vidas, opiniones y sentencias de los filósofos más ilustres
Complete digital edition of the work of Diogenes Laertius

Compendio de las vidas de los filósofos antiguos

A brief history of Greek Philosophy
B. C. Burt


A Short History of Philosophy




Possible. Impossible

Possible. Impossible. Of these there are three kinds. The metaphysical, the physical, and the moral. A thing is metaphysically possible or impossible according as it does or does not involve contradiction in thought. An animal whose eyes are at the tip of the tail is metaphysically possible; a circle with unequal radii is metaphysically impossible.


Physical possibility or impossibility consists in the matter in question being within or beyond the sphere of natural laws and the range of natural forces. It is physically impossible that a man should fly in the air from London to York. Moral possibility or impossibility relates to that quasi and practical universality which is denoted by the epithet moral in one of its senses (see Moral).

From the nature of the case it relates much to mind and conduct. Thus while it is as physically possible for an eminently just man to commit a fraud as for any other, we pronounce it morally impossible. At the same time, we use it in the sense of moral already referred to, for what is so improbable as to be practically impossible. It is morally impossible that all the world should have been deceived as to the existence of Napoleon Buonaparte, in spite of the strong case that has been made out against it.(1)


(1) Vide WHATELY'S Historic Doubts.



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