Acta Analytica

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 461-478

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Factive Presupposition and the Truth Condition on Knowledge

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In this paper I argue, against some recent criticisms, that the factivity of “knows” does not support the traditional truth condition on knowledge. I articulate a conception of the factivity of “knows” on which it is a matter of cancelable pragmatic presupposition, and consider the epistemological implications of this.


Knowledge Presupposition Factive verbs