A Priori Knowledge

by Valaris, Markos

Abstract (Summary)
The goal of my dissertation is to give an account of our capacity for a priori knowledge in terms of fundamental features of conceptual thought. In a nutshell, the claim is that a priori knowledge is possible because thinkers are able to recognize the norms that their thinking is subject to. But, as I argue, the contents of our propositional attitudes are themselves individuated in terms of the norms that fix their place in our thinking. Since contents — Fregean thoughts — are what may be the case, it follows that knowledge of the norms of thinking can be substantive knowledge of the possible shapes reality can take.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Michael Thompson; John McDowell; Sebastian Rödl; Cian Dorr

School:University of Pittsburgh

School Location:USA - Pennsylvania

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:11/03/2008

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