Knowledge and Modality

Albert Casullo

in Essays on a Priori Knowledge and Justification

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777860
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933525 | DOI:
Knowledge and Modality

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Saul Kripke claims that there are necessary a posteriori truths and contingent a priori truths. These claims challenge the traditional Kantian view: (K) All knowledge of necessary truths is a priori, and all a priori knowledge is of necessary truths. Kripke's claims continue to be resisted, which indicates that the Kantian view remains attractive. My goal is to identify the most plausible principles linking the epistemic and the modal. My strategy for identifying the principles is to investigate two related questions. Are there compelling general supporting arguments for (K)? Are there decisive counterexamples to (K)? My investigation uncovers two intuitively plausible principles that are not open to decisive counterexamples but that enjoy no compelling independent support.

Keywords: necessary; a posteriori; contingent; a priori; knowledge; epistemic; modal; Kant; Kripke

Chapter.  10333 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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