Knowledge and Lotteries

Knowledge and Lotteries


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Knowledge and Lotteries is organized around an epistemological puzzle: in many cases, we seem consistently inclined to deny that we know certain propositions, while crediting ourselves with knowledge of propositions that imply them. 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 things which entail that its holder will not suddenly acquire a large fortune. After providing a number of specific and general characterizations of the puzzle, Hawthorne carefully examines the competing merits of candidate solutions, addressing along the way a range of central questions concerning the nature and importance of knowledge.

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ISBN-13: 9780199269556
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/29/2004
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introducing the Puzzle
2. Contextualism and the Puzzle
3. Invariantist Treatments
4. Sensitive Moderate Invariantism

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