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Title: Modal Knowledge, in Theory
Author(s): Fischer, Robert W.
Advisor(s): Hart, W D.
Contributor(s): Klein, Colin; Edelberg, Walter; Sutherland, Daniel; Bennett, Karen
Department / Program: Philosophy
Graduate Major: Philosophy
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Degree: PhD, Doctor of Philosophy
Genre: Doctoral
Subject(s): modal epistemology inference to the best explanation modal skepticism
Abstract: We have some justified beliefs about modal matters. I articulate an account of that justification. On my view, we are justified in believing a modal claim only if we are justified in believing a theory according to which that claim is true. Defending this requires (1) an account of theories on which they have modal content and (2) an account of how we can be justified in believing that theories are true. I use the semantic view of theories to satisfy the former requirement and inference to the best explanation (IBE) to satisfy the latter. Since IBE has been roundly criticized, I devote considerable attention to its defense. I also explore a number of potential defeaters to our having justified modal beliefs, including the modal analogue of Benacerraf’s Dilemma. Ultimately, though, I show that my leads to the view that the scope of our modal knowledge is modest, and I argue that modal modal epistemologies that are more optimistic are implausible on that basis.
Issue Date: 2012-12-07
Genre: thesis
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10027/8931
Rights Information: Copyright 2011 Robert W. Fischer
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-12-07
Date Deposited: 2011-12
 

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