Scrutability and Epistemic Updating: Comments on Chalmers's Constructing the World

Analysis 74 (4):638-651 (2014)
Laura Schroeter
University of Melbourne
In Constructing the World, Chalmers seeks to articulate and defend an important epistemic accessibility thesis, the Scrutability of Truth, which is crucial to Chalmers’ rationalist approach to meaning and modality. Chapters 3 and 4 of the book are devoted to persuading us that the move from weaker to stronger forms of Scrutability is intuitively plausible. In these comments, I want to question this move. The plausibility of strong forms of Scrutability hinges on controversial views about epistemic norms for answering ‘what is x?’ questions that semantic externalists have good reason to reject
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/analys/anu093
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 34,507
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Against A Priori Reductions.Laura Schroeter - 2006 - Philosophical Quarterly 56 (225):562-586.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Frontloading, Supposition, and Contraction.Bryan Pickel - 2016 - Philosophical Quarterly 66 (264):559-578.
The Frontloading Argument.Richard G. Heck - 2018 - Philosophical Studies 175 (10):2583-2608.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Chalmers' Blueprint of the World.Panu Raatikainen - 2014 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 22 (1):113-128.
An Objection to the Laplacean Chalmers.T. Parent - 2016 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 47 (1):237-240.
The Rationalist Foundations of Chalmers's 2-D Semantics.Laura Schroeter - 2004 - Philosophical Studies 118 (1-2):227-255.
Constructing the World.David Chalmers - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
The Nature of Epistemic Space.David J. Chalmers - 2011 - In Andy Egan & Brian Weatherson (eds.), Epistemic Modality. Oxford University Press.
Précis of Constructing the World.David J. Chalmers - 2014 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 89 (1):217-219.
David J. Chalmers: Constructing the World. [REVIEW]Matthias Neuber - 2014 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 68 (4):648-652.
Logical Information and Epistemic Space.Mark Jago - 2009 - Synthese 167 (2):327 - 341.
Constructing the World by Chalmers, David J. [REVIEW]Manuel García-Carpintero - 2014 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (2):388-391.


Added to PP index

Total downloads
65 ( #95,977 of 2,268,147 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #106,477 of 2,268,147 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature