Mind & Society

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 149-163

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The problem of future knowledge

  • Nicholas RescherAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh Email author 

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The paper argues that future knowledge will in substantial measure be inscrutable for us today, with the principal exception of facts about the past. The paper considers the reasons for this circumstance and examines its wider implications for the condition of human knowledge.


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