The Argument from Abomination

Erkenntnis 78 (5):1185-1196 (2013)
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The conclusive reasons view of knowledge entails the “abominable conjunction” that I know that I have hands but I do not know that I am not a brain in a vat. The argument from abomination takes this as a reason to reject the view. This paper aims to buttress the argument from abomination by adding a new sort to this list: the logical abominations. These include: “I know that argument is sound and that sound arguments have true conclusions but I don’t know whether the conclusion of that argument is true”. Two standard replies to the argument from abomination are raised. It is argued that the logical abominations open new holes in both



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Michael Veber
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Biased Knowers, Biased Reasons, and Biased Philosophers.Michael Veber - forthcoming - International Journal for the Study of Skepticism:1-11.
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