The Problem of Logical Omniscience, II

Robert C. Stalnaker

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Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198237075
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598456 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

The Problem of Logical Omniscience, II

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This second exploration of the problem of logical omniscience uses a simple abstract model of a community of knowers, developed by theoretical computer scientists, to help sharpen the problem. Knowers are modelled by processors in a distributed system, such as a computer network, and knowledge is defined in terms of the information about the system as a whole that is carried by the individual components. A number of different strategies for distinguishing between available and merely implicit knowledge in this setting are explored. No solution is defended; the aim is only to bring out the problem and put it in context.

Keywords: distributed system; implicit knowledge; information; knowledge; logical omniscience; network

Chapter.  9838 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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