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Patrick Greenough and Duncan Pritchard

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287512.001.0001

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Timothy Williamson's Knowledge and its Limits

Timothy Williamson's Knowledge and its Limits

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Williamson on Knowledge

Ernest Sosa (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter has four parts. The first lays out Williamson's account of mental concepts and mental states, and his characterization of knowledge as the most general factive stative attitude. The second problematizes the account of mental states and the characterization of knowledge, and offers an alternative account of when a state is purely mental; according to this account, knowledge really is mental only by courtesy of the contained belief (an internalist intuition opposed to the externalism featured in the book). The third part reflects on possible sources and support for such a conception of the purely mental. The fourth and last part takes up the KK principle, Williamson's reductio of it, and the consequences of that for the possibility of reflective knowledge.

Keywords:   knowledge, Timothy Williamson, mental concepts, mental states, KK principle

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