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What Mary Did Yesterday: Reflections on Knowledge-wh

Brogaard, Berit

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Reductionists about knowledge-wh hold that "s knows-wh" (e.g. "John knows who stole his car") is reducible to "there is a proposition p such that s knows that p, and p answers the indirect question of the wh-clause." Anti-reductionists hold that "s knows-wh" is reducible to "s knows that p, as the true answer to the indirect question of the wh-clause." I argue that both of these positions are defective. I then offer a new analysis of knowledge-wh as a special kind of de re knowledge.

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/17741
Source: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
DOI: 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2009.00250.x

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