Knowledge and Lotteries

ISBN-10: 0199287139
ISBN-13: 9780199287130
Edition: 2005
Authors: John Hawthorne
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Description: Knowledge and Lotteries is organized around an epistemological puzzle: in many cases, we seem consistently inclined to deny that we know a certain class of propositions, while crediting ourselves with knowledge of propositions that imply them. In  More...

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Book details

List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Knowledge and Lotteries is organized around an epistemological puzzle: in many cases, we seem consistently inclined to deny that we know a certain class of propositions, while crediting ourselves with knowledge of propositions that imply them. In its starkest form, the puzzle is this: we do not think we know that a given lottery ticket will be a loser, yet we normally count ourselves as knowing all sorts of ordinary things that entail that its holder will not suddenly acquire a large fortune. After providing a number of specific and general characterizations of the puzzle, Hawthorne carefully examines the competing merits of candidate solutions. In so doing, he explores a number of central questions concerning the nature and importance of knowledge, including the relationship of knowledge to assertion and practical reasoning, the status of epistemic closure principles, the merits of various brands of scepticism, the prospects for a contextualist account of knowledge, and the potential for other sorts of salience-sensitive accounts. Along the way, he offers a careful treatment of pertinent issues at the foundations of semantics. His book will be of interest to anyone working in the field of epistemology, as well as to philosophers of language.

knowledge And Lotteries
Knowledge and Lotteries
Acknowledgements
Introducing the Puzzle
Contextualism and the Puzzle
Skeptical and Moderate Invariantism
Sensitive Moderate Invariantism
References
Index

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