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The Knowability Paradox$
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Jonathan L. Kvanvig

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199282595.001.0001

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Semantical Moves

Semantical Moves

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The Knowability Paradox

Jonathan L. Kvanvig (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter pursues a strategy for solving the knowability paradox in terms of the general category of the fallacies involved in substituting into intensional contexts. It clarifies and defends the indexical theory of quantification. It argues that the neo-Russellian view of quantification blocks the proofs from knowable truth to known truth (and from unknown truth to unknowable truth), and that the objections raised in the literature to this approach are not damaging.

Keywords:   knowability paradox, substitutivity, intensional contexts, theory of quantification

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