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Margins and Iterations

Timothy Williamson

in Knowledge and its Limits

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199256563
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598678 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019925656X.003.0006
 Margins and Iterations

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The anti‐luminosity argument is used to refute the KK principle that if one knows and one knows that one knows, or at least is in a position to know that one knows. Further iterations of knowledge are shown to involve similar cognitive gaps. The underlying phenomenon is diagnosed in terms of the need for a margin for error in knowledge. It is related to a family of ideas such as safety, reliability, robustness, stability, and close or easy possibility. The account is extended to knowledge of what others know.

Keywords: easy possibility; error; iteration; KK principle; Margin; reliability; robustness; safety; stability

Chapter.  10061 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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