, Volume 78, Issue 5, pp 1185–1196 | Cite as

The Argument from Abomination

  • Michael Veber
Original Article


The conclusive reasons view of knowledge entails the “abominable conjunction” that I know that I have hands but I do not know that I am not a brain in a vat. The argument from abomination takes this as a reason to reject the view. This paper aims to buttress the argument from abomination by adding a new sort to this list: the logical abominations. These include: “I know that argument is sound and that sound arguments have true conclusions but I don’t know whether the conclusion of that argument is true”. Two standard replies to the argument from abomination are raised. It is argued that the logical abominations open new holes in both.


Tree Ring Actual World Perceptual Experience Truth Table Logical Abomination 
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This paper benefited from conversation with John Collins, Nick Georgalis, Jay Newhard and Michael Pendlebury. I also thank two anonymous referees for their remarks on earlier versions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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