Against A Priori Reductions
Author: Schroeter, Laura
Source: The Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 56, Number 225, October 2006 , pp. 562-586(25)
According to David Chalmers and Frank Jackson, conceptual competence puts one in a position to have a priori knowledge of conditional claims of the form ‘If my environment is thus and so, then water = H2O’. The rationale for this position, I argue, rests on controversial semantic assumptions about the individuation of meanings or concepts. I sketch a new model of conceptual competence, which undermines the apriority of such conditionals.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 2006