A Priori Scrutability and That’s All

Journal of Philosophy 111 (12):649-666 (2014)

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Justin Tiehen
University of Puget Sound
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In his recent book Constructing the World, David Chalmers defends A Priori Scrutability, the thesis that there is a compact class of truths such that for any truth p, a Laplacian intellect could know a priori that if the truths in that class hold, then p. In this paper, I develop an objection to Chalmers’ thesis that focuses on his treatment of a so-called that’s-all truth. My objection draws on Theodore Sider’s discussion of border-sensitive properties, and also on the causal phenomenon of double prevention.
Keywords a priori entailment  negative truths  chalmers
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DOI 10.5840/jphil20141111243
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