Epistemic Logic and Epistemology

In Vincent F. Hendricks & Sven Ove Hansson (eds.), Handbook of Formal Philosophy. Cham: Springer. pp. 351-369 (2018)
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This chapter provides a brief introduction to propositional epistemic logic and its applications to epistemology. No previous exposure to epistemic logic is assumed. Epistemic-logical topics discussed include the language and semantics of basic epistemic logic, multi-agent epistemic logic, combined epistemic-doxastic logic, and a glimpse of dynamic epistemic logic. Epistemological topics discussed include Moore-paradoxical phenomena, the surprise exam paradox, logical omniscience and epistemic closure, formalized theories of knowledge, debates about higher-order knowledge, and issues of knowability raised by Fitch’s paradox. The references and recommended readings provide gateways for further exploration.



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