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Knowledge and Lotteries

John Hawthorne

Abstract

This book is organised around an epistemological puzzle, which consists of a tension between various ordinary claims to know and our apparent incapacity to know whether or not someone will lose a lottery. In its starkest form, the puzzle is this: we do not think we know that a given lottery ticket will be a loser, yet we normally count ourselves as knowing all sorts of ordinary things which entail that its holder will not suddenly acquire a large fortune. The author explores various potential solutions to this puzzle, and issues on the nature and importance of knowledge. In the process, he off ... More

Keywords: puzzle, lottery, knowledge, semantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269556
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199269556.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Hawthorne, author
Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Jersey
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