Is a Causal Connection Necessary for Knowledge?

  • Colin Cheyne
Part of the The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 67)


  • (SC) S knows that p only if the fact that p is causally connected to S’s belief that p


Heart Attack Logical Consequence Causal Connection Causal Condition Continuum Hypothesis 
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  1. 1.
    Others may not use the terms ‘viable’ and ‘plausible’ in the same sense as I do.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    ‘[N]othing ever was, or can be, proved by syllogism, which was not known, or assumed to be known, before.’ (Mill 1843/1973, p. 183).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    The following argument is based on Cheyne 1989, pp. 16–17.Google Scholar
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    Plenitudinous or ‘profligate’ platonists grasp the nettle and assert that all possible sets exist in the one realm. I discuss plenitudinous platonism in Chapter 12.Google Scholar
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    The if-thenist theory for construing mathematics is (roughly) the claim that all mathematical propositions are logically true conditional statements of the form ‘A dT’, where A represents the conjunction of the axioms of a particular theory and T any theorem which can be derived from those axioms. (See Russell 1919, p. 204.)Google Scholar
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    Musgrave (1993, ch. 13) makes this pointGoogle Scholar
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    Based on an argument of Field 1989, pp. 33–34.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    It is far from clear that it is a case of entailment or logical consequence. No matter, since I propose that the whole idea be discarded.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Cheyne
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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