We argue that a certain version of pragmatic encroachment, according to which one knows that p only if one’s epistemic position with respect to p is practically adequate, has a problematic consequence: one can lose knowledge that p by getting evidence forp, and conversely, one can gain knowledge that p by getting evidence againstp. We first describe this version of pragmatic encroachment, and then we defend that it has the problematic consequence. Finally, we deal with a worry that the consequence we find problematic is not, in fact, problematic.
KeywordsPragmatic encroachment Evidence Practical adequacy
- Anderson, C., & Hawthorne, J. (forthcoming). Knowledge, practical adequacy, and stakes. In Gendler, T.S., & Hawthorne, J. (eds.), Oxford Studies in Epistemology.Google Scholar