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The Integration Challenge

Christopher Peacocke

in Being Known

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238607
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598197 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198238606.003.0001
 The Integration Challenge

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The Integration Challenge is the task of reconciling a plausible account of what is involved in the truth of statements of a given kind with a credible account of how we can know those statements, when we do know them. Reconciliation in a given domain may be achieved by re‐conceiving the metaphysics of that domain, or its epistemology, or both. More radically, reconciliation may involve offering slimmed‐down truth conditions, or abandoning the notion of truth conditions altogether for the domain. Options that reject the possibility of integration are scepticism and the denial that an apparent domain involves any genuine subject matter at all. Illustrations of these strategies are given in the cases of necessity, the past, self‐knowledge, and freedom of the will.

Keywords: epistemology; free will; Integration Challenge; metaphysics; necessity; self‐knowledge; the past; truth conditions

Chapter.  4666 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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