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Assertion: knowledge is enough

Simion, Mona 2016. Assertion: knowledge is enough. Synthese 193 (10) , pp. 3041-3056. 10.1007/s11229-015-0914-y

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Recent literature features an increased interest in the sufficiency claim involved in the knowledge norm of assertion (KNA-Suff). This paper looks at two prominent objections to KNA-Suff, due to Jessica Brown and Jennifer Lackey, and argues that they miss their target due to value-theoretic inaccuracies. It is argued that (i) the intuitive need for more than knowledge in Brown’s high-stakes contexts does not come from the epistemic norm governing assertion, but from further norms stepping in and raising the bar, and (ii) Lackey’s purported quality-driven case against KNA-Suff boils down to a quantitative objection. If that is the case, Lackey’s argument will be vulnerable to the same objections as Brown’s.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0039-7857
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 July 2019
Date of Acceptance: 11 September 2015
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2020 19:59

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