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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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Is Knowing a State of Mind? The Case Against

Is Knowing a State of Mind? The Case Against

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(p.31) 3 Is Knowing a State of Mind? The Case Against
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Williamson on Knowledge
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Elizabeth Fricker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287512.003.0004

In Knowledge and its Limits (KAIL) chapters 1 and 2, Timothy Williamson argues for what he rightly advertises as a surprising thesis: that knowing is a mental state (KMS). This chapter aims to show, first, that Williamson's case for KMS is not proven: while he removes some obstacles to accepting knowing as a fully mental state, he has no argument that compels KMS. Secondly, it argues that despite this removal of some obstacles, others remain: there are still strong grounds to resist KMS, which are not merely an expression of inertial prejudice in our thinking about the mental, and about knowing.

Keywords:   Timothy Williamson, Knowing, mental state, knowledge

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