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Knowledge and Necessity. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, January 2010, Pages: 68
Up until very recently, it was believed by philosophers that all necessary truths were knowable a priori, that is, independently of empirical means. In the last half of the Twentieth Century, however, this view came under criticism, due in large part to a number of apparent counterexamples, and is now widely believed to be false. The aim of this work is to present a defense of the traditional view by showing that the putative counterexamples can be explained by recognizing the role the linguistic vehicle plays in our evaluation of modal statements.
Shawn Burtoft is a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Florida, with a primary focus in metaphysics and philosophy of language.