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Posits and the Epistemic Burdens They Bear

Jody Azzouni

in Deflating Existential Consequence

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195159882
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199834990 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195159888.003.0007
 Posits and the Epistemic Burdens They Bear

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Thick, thin, and ultra-thin posits are distinguished. The four epistemic burdens on thick epistemic access, robustness, refinement, monitoring, and grounding, are described. The epistemic burden on thin posits, Quinean rent plus a defeasibility condition, are also described.

Keywords: epistemic burdens; grounding; monitoring; Quinean rent; refinement; robustness; thick posit; thin posit; ultra-thin posit

Chapter.  8928 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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