Syntactic Restriction Strategies

Jonathan L. Kvanvig

in The Knowability Paradox

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780199282593
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603587 | DOI:
 Syntactic Restriction Strategies

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This chapter examines approaches to the paradox that wish to save anti-realism from the paradox by denying that the knowability assumption is a commitment of anti-realism. Such approaches contend that the claim that all truths are knowable must be restricted in some way to express an anti-realist commitment. All examples of such an approach are rejected, and it is argued that even if there was a successful restriction strategy, the paradox would remain untouched.

Keywords: knowability paradox; anti-realism; restriction strategies; Dorothy Edgington; Neil Tennant; Timothy Williamson; Michael Dummett; Michael Hand

Chapter.  13934 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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