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Alan Millar

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198755692.001.0001

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Knowledge from Perceived Indicators and Background Knowledge

Knowledge from Perceived Indicators and Background Knowledge

(p.165) 8 Knowledge from Perceived Indicators and Background Knowledge
Knowing by Perceiving

Alan Millar

Oxford University Press

The focus is on knowing that something is so by perceiving something that indicates that it is so. It is argued that some of our knowledge of this sort is more akin to perceptual knowledge than might at first appear. This is because recognition figures in two ways. We recognize the indicating phenomenon as being of a certain sort and we recognize the indicative significance of the indicator. The view is shown to be compatible with taking the knowledge in question to be evidence-based. An alternative model—the covering generalization model—is critically discussed. Since generalizations do figure in our thinking about indicators, their status is discussed. This leads into a more general discussion of standing factual knowledge that touches on public knowledge and picks up themes from Moore and Wittgenstein.

Keywords:   evidence-based knowledge, G. E. Moore, generalizations, indicators, indicative significance, public knowledge, recognition, standing factual knowledge, Wittgenstein

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