Lunchtime Talk: Nevin Climenhaga

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Location: 220 Malloy

"Infallibilism without Skepticism?"

 

I argue that key tenets of Timothy Williamson's "knowledge-first" epistemology are inconsistent with Williamson's anti-skepticism. More specifically, I argue that Williamson's thesis that whatever we know is part of our evidence implies that we cannot gain knowledge through ampliative inference, and his thesis that knowledge is a mental state implies that we cannot have knowledge of the future. Williamson must thus either give up these theses or embrace a moderate skepticism about what we can know.

 

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