Knowing‐Wh and Embedded Questions

Philosophy Compass 9 (2):81-95 (2014)
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T. Parent
Virginia Tech
Abstract
Do you know who you are? If the question seems unclear, it might owe to the notion of ‘knowing-wh’ (knowing-who, knowing-what, knowing-when, etc.). Such knowledge contrasts with ‘knowing-that’, the more familiar topic of epistemologists. But these days, knowing-wh is receiving more attention than ever, and here we will survey three current debates on the nature of knowing-wh. These debates concern, respectively, (1) whether all knowing-wh is reducible to knowing-that (‘generalized intellectualism’), (2) whether all knowing-wh is relativized to a contrast proposition (‘contrastivism about knowing-wh’), and (3) whether the context-sensitivity of knowing-wh is a semantic or purely pragmatic phenomenon (‘contextualism vs. invariantism about knowing-wh’)
Keywords Knowledge-Wh  Knowledge-How  Schaffer, Jonathan  Stanley, Jason  Lycan, William  Epistemic contextualism  Intellectualism  Invariantism  Contrastivism
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