Safety and the Preface Paradox

Logos and Episteme 9 (2):215-219 (2018)
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Michael Shaffer
St. Cloud State University
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In the preface paradox the posited author is supposed to know both that every sentence in a book is true and that not every sentence in that book is true. But, this result is paradoxically contradictory. The paradoxicality exhibited in such cases arises chiefly out of the recognition that large-scale and difficult tasks like verifying the truth of large sets of sentences typically involve errors even given our best efforts to be epistemically diligent. This paper introduces an argument designed to resolve the preface paradox so understood by appeal to the safety condition on knowledge
Keywords preface paradox  paradox  safety  fallibilism  knowledge  consistency
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ISBN(s) 2069-0533
DOI 10.5840/logos-episteme20189216
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