How not to reject the a priori

Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 59 (140):365-384 (2018)

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Célia Teixeira
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Abstract
According to one influential argument against the existence of a priori knowledge, there is no a priori knowledge because (i) no belief is immune to revision, and (ii) if there were a priori knowledge, at least some beliefs would be unrevisable. The aim of this paper is to examine and reject this argument against the a priori. It is given special attention to premise (ii) of the argument. Philip Kitcher has famously defended a version of this premise. His arguments are assessed and rejected. The conclusion is that we have no good reason to accept (ii), and, with it, the above argument against the a priori. The paper ends by proposing an account of the a priori that is perfectly compatible with (i).
Keywords a priori  unrevisable
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DOI 10.1590/0100-512x2018n14002ct
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