David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 173 (1):41 - 52 (2010)
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.
|Keywords||Fitch Unknowability Counterfactuals Williamson|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Timothy Williamson (2000). Knowledge and its Limits. Oxford University Press.
Saul A. Kripke (1980/1998). Naming and Necessity. Harvard University Press.
Robert Stalnaker (1999). Context and Content: Essays on Intentionality in Speech and Thought. Oxford University Press.
Hilary Putnam (1978). Meaning and the Moral Sciences. Routledge & K. Paul.
Saul Kripke (2010). Naming and Necessity. In Darragh Byrne & Max Kölbel (eds.), Philosophy. Routledge 431-433.
Citations of this work BETA
Alessandro Giordani (2015). On a New Tentative Solution to Fitch’s Paradox. Erkenntnis 81 (3):597-611.
Sergei Artemov & Tudor Protopopescu (2013). Discovering Knowability: A Semantic Analysis. Synthese 190 (16):3349-3376.
Eleonora Cresto (forthcoming). Lost in Translation: Unknowable Propositions in Probabilistic Frameworks. Synthese:1-23.
André Fuhrmann (2014). Knowability as Potential Knowledge. Synthese 191 (7):1627-1648.
Carlo Proietti (2016). The Fitch-Church Paradox and First Order Modal Logic. Erkenntnis 81 (1):87-104.
Similar books and articles
Author unknown, William Hamilton. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Wlodek Rabinowicz & Krister Segerberg (1994). Actual Truth, Possible Knowledge. Topoi 13 (2):101-115.
Author unknown, Validity and Soundness. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Berit Brogaard & Joe Salerno, Fitch's Paradox of Knowability. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
M. Hand (2003). Knowability and Epistemic Truth. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81 (2):216 – 228.
Added to index2009-10-28
Total downloads173 ( #20,110 of 1,796,307 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #169,168 of 1,796,307 )
How can I increase my downloads?