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Externalism and A Priori Knowledge of Empricial Facts

Bill Brewer

in New Essays on the A Priori

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780199241279
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199241279.003.0017
   Externalism and A Priori Knowledge of Empricial Facts

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Bill Brewer explores a solution to a reductio ad absurdum argument template, one instance of which has the conclusion that we can know the proposition ‘someone has interacted with water’ a priori. Brewer holds that empirical knowledge of water is required for a thinker to possess the concept ‘water’ in the first place, so this knowledge cannot be said to be derived a priori by means of the argument.

Keywords: a priori knowledge; Bill Brewer; empirical knowledge; externalism; Reductio ad absurdum

Chapter.  8850 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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