Art and Modal Knowledge
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(K) the knowledge challenge: art cannot provide propositional knowledge.
(T) the triviality challenge: even if art can provide propositional knowledge (i.e. even if (K) is false), any knowledge so provided is cognitively trivial.
(P) the proficiency challenge: even if art can provide non-trivial propositional knowledge (i.e. even if both (K) and (T) are false), it does so via means which are cognitively or epistemically inferior.
Conjoining (K) through (P) presents us with a strongly non-cognitivist position – a rejection of the view that art is the kind of thing that can have significant cognitive value. Call this position the skeptical position.
KeywordsActual World Perceptual Judgment Propositional Knowledge Perceptual Belief Perceptual Knowledge
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