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Some Wages of Ignorance

Peter Unger

in Ignorance

Published in print January 1978 | ISBN: 9780198244172
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191711473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198244177.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

 Some Wages of Ignorance

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Explores the consequences of universal ignorance that arise from the centrality of the concept of knowledge in the semantics of our language. For many verbs and adjectives, it argues, sentences of the form “S verbs (that) p’” and “S is adjective (that) p” entail “S knows that p.” For instance, “S regrets that p” and “S is happy that p” both entail “S knows that p.” However, since we cannot know anything, it follows that the sentences for which this entailment holds can never be true; for instance, it follows that we can never regret anything or be happy about anything.

Keywords: adjectives; entailment; knowledge; language; semantics; verbs

Chapter.  18540 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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