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Kuczynski on Partial Knowledge and the Paradox of Analysis

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John–Michael Kuczynski says the “paradox of analysis” can be resolved with the proper definition of “partial knowledge.” He says that this definition will not do: (K) S has partial knowledge of x = dfS knows some, but not all, of x’s parts. He offers an alternative account of incomplete or partial knowledge. I argue here that: (a) Kuczynski’s chief criticisms of (K) are defective; (b) his proposed solution to the paradox of analysis has no clear application to the paradox in its familiar forms; and (c) his solution may not avoid the puzzle about partial knowledge it was designed to resolve.

Keywords: Kuczynski; paradox of analysis; partial knowledge

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: P.O. Box 73, Stony Brook, NY 11790, USA

Publication date: 2002-10-01

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