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Possible knowledge of unknown truth

Edgington, D. (2010) Possible knowledge of unknown truth. Synthese 173 (1), pp. 41-52. ISSN 0039-7857.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11229-009-9675-9

Abstract

Fitch’s argument purports to show that for any unknown truth, p, there is an unknowable truth, namely, that p is true and unknown; for a contradiction follows from the assumption that it is possible to know that p is true and unknown. In earlier work I argued that there is a sense in which it is possible to know that p is true and unknown, from a counterfactual perspective; that is, there can be possible, non-actual knowledge, of the actual situation, that in that situation, p is true and unknown. Here I further elaborate that claim and respond to objections by Williamson, who argued that there cannot be non-trivial knowledge of this kind. I give conditions which suffice for such non-trivial counterfactual knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Fitch, unknowability, counterfactuals, Williamson
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2011 12:08
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2696

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