Knowledge and Lotteries

Knowledge and Lotteries

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Knowledge and Lotteries is organized around an epistemological puzzle: in many cases, we seem consistently inclined to deny that we know certain propositions, while crediting ourselves with knowledge of propositions that imply them. In its starkest form, the puzzle is this: we do not think we know that a given lottery ticket will be a loser, yet we normally count ourselves as knowing all sorts of things which entail that its holder will not suddenly acquire
a large fortune. After providing a number of specific and general characterizations of the puzzle, Hawthorne carefully examines the competing merits of candidate solutions, addressing along the way a range of central questions concerning the nature and importance of knowledge.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 13mm | 224g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199287139
  • 9780199287130
  • 1,268,238

Table of contents

1. Introducing the Puzzle ; 2. Contextualism and the Puzzle ; 3. Invariantist Treatments ; 4. Sensitive Moderate Invariantism ; Bibliography
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Review quote

a wonderfully clear and well-argued book with a refreshing non-dogmatic air to it, that I am sure will function as a central reference point for these debates in the time to come. * Steffen Borge, Disputatio * This is a must-read, indeed a must-study, for everyone interested in the concept of knowledge. * The Philosophical quarterly, April 2005 *
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