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The Taming of the True$
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Neil Tennant

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251605

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251605.001.0001

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Truth as Knowable

Truth as Knowable

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(p.245) Chapter 8 Truth as Knowable
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The Taming of the True
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Neil Tennant

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251605.003.0008

This chapter argues in defence of the principle of knowability against a major realist attack on it, specifically it looks at philosopher Frederick Fitch's claims that there could be truths that are in principle unknowable. It proposes a reformulation of the moderate anti-realist tenet that every truth is knowable in principle to ensure that it will survive against realist criticisms. This defensive groundwork for semantic anti-realism mobilizes what are believed to the new and interesting resources.

Keywords:   knowability, Frederick Fitch, truth, anti-realism, unknowable

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