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Paul Boghossian and Christopher Peacocke

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199241279.001.0001

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Externalism and A Priori Knowledge of Empricial Facts

Externalism and A Priori Knowledge of Empricial Facts

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(p.415) 17 Externalism and A Priori Knowledge of Empricial Facts
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New Essays on the A Priori
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Bill Brewer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199241279.003.0017

Bill Brewer explores a solution to a reductio ad absurdum argument template, one instance of which has the conclusion that we can know the proposition ‘someone has interacted with water’ a priori. Brewer holds that empirical knowledge of water is required for a thinker to possess the concept ‘water’ in the first place, so this knowledge cannot be said to be derived a priori by means of the argument.

Keywords:   a priori knowledge, Bill Brewer, empirical knowledge, externalism, Reductio ad absurdum

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