Modal Epistemology

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Juhani Yli-Vakkuri
University of Tartu
John Hawthorne
University of Southern California
Abstract
Some central epistemological notions are expressed by sentential operators O that entail the possibility of knowledge in the sense that 'Op' entails 'It is possible to know that p'. We call these modal-epistemological notions. Using apriority and being in a position to know as case studies, we argue that the logics of modal epistemological notions are extremely weak. In particular, their logics are not normal and do not include any closure principles.
Keywords A priori knowledge  Epistemology  Modal logic  Modality  The a priori  Modal epistemology
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