POSSIBILITY AND IMPOSSIBILITY: ABSOLUTE OR RELATIVE MODALITIES? A PHILOSOPHICAL ENQUIRY

Charles Kenechukwu Okoro

Abstract


Dynamism is undoubtedly a necessary character of man’s actual world. Heraclitus of (c.535–470 BC) had already identified the phenomenon of change as a constant and ontological feature of reality. Human knowledge is unarguably limited in scope. The interplay of the typical existential dynamism and the limited human knowledge largely bears on man’s knowledge claims about reality. Hence, one’s assertion of certainty or doubt about reality is conditioned by one’s prism of perception, peculiar circumstances, and cognitive capacity. The basic contention of this discourse is that claims about possibilities and impossibilities are conditioned by one’s interpretation of these modalities and one’s peculiar situations. A clear vision of the world as replete with a myriad of possibilities is often distorted by a stereotyped, illusive and demoralizing world outlook. The preoccupation of this discourse is therefore to dissipate this illusory and deceptive cloud of inauthenticity, with a view to exposing man to his fullest natural potentials. The philosophical enquiry presents a serious attempt to explain the nature of reality vis-à-vis man’s potentials. It is an ingenious effort to construct a systematic framework within which one can justifiably and courageously act with optimism in spite of life challenges.

Keywords


Possibility, Impossibility, Absolutism, Relativism, Objectivism, Subjectivism

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