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Quassim Cassam

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208319.001.0001

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Other Minds

Other Minds

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(p.155) 5 Other Minds
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The Possibility of Knowledge
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Quassim Cassam (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208319.003.0005

This chapter applies the multi-levels approach to another epistemological how-possible question, namely: (HPom). How is knowledge of other minds possible? It is argued that this is another obstacle-dependent question and that a multi-levels response is as helpful in this context as it is in the context of (HPpk). To make this plausible, the chapter begins by identifying some of the obstacles to knowledge of other minds which might prompt one to ask (HPom). It then outlines a Means Response to this question and suggests that the obstacles to knowing about other minds by the proposed means can be overcome or dissipated. Lastly, it identifies some enabling conditions for knowing about other minds by the proposed means.

Keywords:   perceptual model, obstacle removal, multi-levels approach, how-possible question

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