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Quentin Smith

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264933.001.0001

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Why Epistemology Cannot be Operationalized

Why Epistemology Cannot be Operationalized

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(p.277) 11 Why Epistemology Cannot be Operationalized
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Epistemology
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Timothy Williamson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264933.003.0012

This chapter develops analogues of the anti-luminosity considerations for probabilistic concepts in place of the concept of knowledge. Such analogues generalize the original argument and act as a test of its soundness and significance. It is argued that anti-luminosity arguments of Knowledge and its Limits are robust. They are not symptoms of an isolated pathological quirk in the ordinary concept of knowledge. Rather, they can be replicated from a probabilistic starting point, and reflect the general predicament of creatures with limited powers of discrimination in their attempt to learn from experience.

Keywords:   anti-luminosity, concept of knowledge, probabilistic concepts, Knowledge and its Limits, epistemology

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