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Patrick Greenough and Duncan Pritchard

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287512.001.0001

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Are Mental States Luminous?

Are Mental States Luminous?

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(p.217) 13 Are Mental States Luminous?
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Williamson on Knowledge
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Matthias Steup (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287512.003.0014

In Knowledge and its Limits Timothy Williamson gives a fascinating argument against the claim that mental states or conditions are luminous. He defines luminosity as follows: ‘A condition C is luminous if for every case α, if in α C obtains, then in α one is in a position to know that C obtains’. This chapter considers how the luminosity of the mental can be defended against Williamson's argument.

Keywords:   Timothy Williamson, mental states, luminosity, no-awareness-of-change assumption

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