David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
European Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):17-38 (2015)
One of the main arguments intended to show that content externalism undermines the privileged access thesis is the ‘slow switching argument’, originally proposed by Boghossian. In this argument, it is supposed that a subject is unknowingly switched back and forth between Earth and Twin Earth: then it is claimed that, given externalism, when the subject is on Earth thinking that water is wet, he cannot know the content of his thought a priori, for he cannot, by mere reflection, rule out the relevant alternative hypothesis that he is on Twin Earth thinking that twater is wet. One of the controversies surrounding this argument stems from the fact that it is not clear which epistemological principle underlies it. Here, I examine two suggestions made in the literature as to what that underlying principle might be. I argue that neither of these suggested principles is plausible, and thus that the slow switching argument never gets off the ground.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|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
Joseph Almog, John Perry & Howard K. Wettstein (eds.) (1989). Themes From Kaplan. Oxford University Press, Usa.
Timothy Williamson (2000). Knowledge and its Limits. Oxford University Press.
Jason Stanley (2005). Knowledge and Practical Interests. Oxford University Press.
Scott Soames (2002). Beyond Rigidity: The Unfinished Semantic Agenda of Naming and Necessity. Oxford University Press.
John Hawthorne (2004). Knowledge and Lotteries. Oxford University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
Mahmoud Morvarid (2014). The Discrimination Argument: A Reply to Dierig. Erkenntnis 79 (5):1209-1219.
Mahmoud Morvarid (2013). Reference Failure, Illusion of Thought and Self‐Knowledge. Dialectica 67 (3):303-323.
Similar books and articles
Hamid Vahid (2003). Externalism, Slow Switching and Privileged Self-Knowledge. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (2):370-388.
Michael Tye (1998). Externalism and Memory. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 72 (72):77-94.
Jane Heal (1998). Externalism and Memory. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 72 (72):77-94.
Simon Dierig (2010). The Discrimination Argument Revisited. Erkenntnis 72 (1):73 - 92.
Andrew F. Smith (2003). Semantic Externalism, Authoritative Self-Knowledge, and Adaptation to Slow Switching. Acta Analytica 18 (30-31):71-87.
T. Parent (2015). Externalism and “Knowing What” One Thinks. Synthese 192 (5):1337-1350.
Kourken Michaelian (2009). Reliabilism and Privileged Access. Journal of Philosophical Research 34:69-109.
Mikkel Gerken (2009). Conceptual Equivocation and Epistemic Relevance. Dialectica 63 (2):117-132.
David J. Chalmers (2002). The Components of Content (Revised Version). In Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings. OUP Usa
Peter Ludlow (1995). Externalism, Self-Knowledge, and the Prevalence of Slow-Switching. Analysis 55 (1):45-49.
Ted A. Warfield (1997). Externalism, Privileged Self-Knowledge, and the Irrelevance of Slow Switching. Analysis 57 (4):282-84.
André J. Abath (2012). Brewer's Switching Argument. Grazer Philosophische Studien 85 (1):255-277.
Derek Ball (2007). Twin-Earth Externalism and Concept Possession. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 85 (3):457-472.
Katalin Farkas (2003). Does Twin Earth Rest on a Mistake? Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (8):155-169.
Added to index2012-05-09
Total downloads26 ( #145,220 of 1,792,217 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #282,315 of 1,792,217 )
How can I increase my downloads?