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A Priori Knowledge

Valaris, Markos (2008) A Priori Knowledge. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The goal of my dissertation is to give an account of our capacity for a priori knowledge in terms of fundamental features of conceptual thought. In a nutshell, the claim is that a priori knowledge is possible because thinkers are able to recognize the norms that their thinking is subject to. But, as I argue, the contents of our propositional attitudes are themselves individuated in terms of the norms that fix their place in our thinking. Since contents — Fregean thoughts — are what may be the case, it follows that knowledge of the norms of thinking can be substantive knowledge of the possible shapes reality can take.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Valaris, Markosmcv8@pitt.eduMCV8
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMcDowell, Johnjmcdowel@pitt.eduJMCDOWEL
Committee MemberDorr, Ciancsd6@pitt.eduCSD6
Committee MemberThompson, Michaelmthompso@pitt.eduMTHOMPSO
Committee MemberRödl,
Date: 3 November 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 30 April 2008
Approval Date: 3 November 2008
Submission Date: 10 May 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Philosophy
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Analyticity; Frege; Russell; Self-Knowledge
Other ID:, etd-05102008-122145
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:44
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43


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