Mr. Magoo's mistake

Assaf Sharon, Levi Spectre*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Timothy Williamson has famously argued that the (KK) principle (roughly, that if one knows that p, then one knows that one knows that p) should be rejected. We analyze Williamson's argument and show that its key premise is ambiguous, and that when it is properly stated this premise no longer supports the argument against (KK). After canvassing possible objections to our argument, we reflect upon some conclusions that suggest significant epistemological ramifications pertaining to the acquisition of knowledge from prior knowledge by deduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-306
Number of pages18
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Volume139
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Closure principle
  • Epistemological principles
  • KK principle

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