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Knowledge‐wh

Jason Stanley

in Know How

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695362
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729768 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695362.003.0002
Knowledge‐wh

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Knowing how to do something is, like knowing whether or not to do something, knowing who came to the party knowing when the party is, a kind of knowing-wh. This chapter provides an introduction to some of the standard semantic theories of embedded questions by Karttunen and Groenendijk and Stokhof. It argues that marrying such theories with the correct account of quantifier domain restriction explains most of the context-dependence associated with sentences that ascribe states of knowing-wh. The resulting morals are applied to recent challenges to standard theories of knowing-wh by Jonathan Schaffer and Jonathan Ginzburg.

Keywords: semantics; context-dependence; embedded questions; quantifier-domain restriction; knowledge-wh

Chapter.  17124 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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