The contingent a priori and the publicity of a priori knowledge
Author: Korman, Daniel
Source: Philosophical Studies, Volume 149, Number 3, July 2010 , pp. 387-393(7)
Abstract:Kripke maintains that one who stipulatively introduces the term ‘one meter’ as a rigid designator for the length of a certain stick s at time t is in a position to know a priori that if s exists at t then the length of s at t is one meter. Some (e.g., Soames 2003) have objected to this alleged instance of the contingent a priori on the grounds that the stipulator's knowledge would have to be based in part on substantive metalinguistic knowledge. I examine Soames's argument for the a posteriority of the relevant metalinguistic knowledge, and I argue that its main premise is false.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 606 West John St, Champaign, 61820, IL, USA, Email: email@example.com
Publication date: July 1, 2010