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The Knowability Paradox$
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Jonathan L. Kvanvig

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199282595.001.0001

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Rules for the Knowledge Operator

Rules for the Knowledge Operator

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(p.89) 4 Rules for the Knowledge Operator
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The Knowability Paradox
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Jonathan L. Kvanvig (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199282595.003.0005

This chapter examines the idea that the logical principles governing the knowledge operator are the root cause of the paradox. There are two such principles: the first is that knowledge implies truth, and the second is that knowledge distributes over conjunction, so that knowledge of a conjunction constitutes knowledge of the conjuncts. It is argued that the paradox cannot be avoided by questioning these principles.

Keywords:   knowledge operator, truth, conjunction, paradox, Fred Dretske, Robert Nozick, closure

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