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The Knowability Paradox
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The Knowability Paradox

Jonathan L. Kvanvig

Abstract

This book examines and proposes a solution to the knowability paradox. The paradox derives from the proof that if all truths are knowable, then all truths are known, which was first published by Frederic Fitch in 1963. It identifies two problems created by Fitch’s proof: a perceived anti-realism and the paradox created by the proof. It is argued that although the two problems are related, a defence against the threat to anti-realism is no solution to the paradox. The neo-Russellian theory of quantification is considered the only acceptable solution to the paradox, since no other approach offer ... More

Keywords: knowability paradox, truth, Frederic Fitch, neo-Russellian theory of quantification, logic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282593
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199282595.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan L. Kvanvig, author
University of Missouri
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