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Against A Priori Reductions

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According to David Chalmers and Frank Jackson, conceptual competence puts one in a position to have a┬ápriori 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: 2006-10-01

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