A Principled Solution to Fitch’s Paradox

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    • Pages : 47 à 69
    • Support : Electronic document
    • Langues : Anglais
    • Édition : Original
    • ISSN : 1572-8420-62-1
    • DOI : 10.1007/s10670-004-9563-0
    • URL : Lien externe
    • Date de création : 04-01-2011
    • Dernière mise à jour : 06-06-2011



    To save antirealism from Fitch’s Paradox, Tennant has proposed to restrict the scope of the antirealist principle that all truths are knowable to truths that can be consistently assumed to be known. Although the proposal solves the paradox, it has been accused of doing so in an ad hoc manner. This paper argues that, first, for all Tennant has shown, the accusation is just; second, a restriction of the antirealist principle apparently weaker than Tennant’s yields a non ad hoc solution to Fitch’s Paradox; and third, the alternative is only apparently weaker than, and even provably equivalent to, Tennant’s. It is thereby shown that the latter is not ad hoc after all.