Knowledge And Lotteries

Paperback | November 24, 2005

byJohn Hawthorne

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Knowledge and Lotteries is organized around an epistemological puzzle: in many cases, we seem consistently inclined to deny that we know certain propositions, while crediting ourselves with knowledge of propositions that imply them. In its starkest form, the puzzle is this: we do not think weknow that a given lottery ticket will be a loser, yet we normally count ourselves as knowing all sorts of things which entail that its holder will not suddenly acquire a large fortune. After providing a number of specific and general characterizations of the puzzle, Hawthorne carefully examines thecompeting merits of candidate solutions, addressing along the way a range of central questions concerning the nature and importance of knowledge.

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Knowledge and Lotteries is organized around an epistemological puzzle: in many cases, we seem consistently inclined to deny that we know certain propositions, while crediting ourselves with knowledge of propositions that imply them. In its starkest form, the puzzle is this: we do not think weknow that a given lottery ticket will be a l...

John Hawthorne is at Rutgers University, New Jersey.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.5 inPublished:November 24, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199287139

ISBN - 13:9780199287130

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Table of Contents

1. Introducing the Puzzle2. Contextualism and the Puzzle3. Invariantist Treatments4. Sensitive Moderate InvariantismBibliography

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`Review from previous edition This monograph adds significantly to the growing literature on the skeptical threat posed by lotteries. But it is also an important contribution to epistemology in general, and especially the intersection between epistemology and the philosophy of language. Thebook is also a good read. It is filled with engaging arguments, for and against various positions, many of which spill over into the footnotes, where they undergo promising developments.'Matthew McGrath, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews