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Knowledge and Lotteries

Knowledge and Lotteries
Author: John Hawthorne
ISBN 13: 9780199287130
ISBN 10: 199287139
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Publication Date: 2006-01-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 214
List Price: $48.95

Knowledge and Lotteries is organized around an epistemological puzzle: in many cases, we seem consistently inclined to deny that we know certain propositions, while crediting ourselves with knowledge of propositions that imply them. In its starkest form, the puzzle is this: we do not think we know that a given lottery ticket will be a loser, yet we normally count ourselves as knowing all sorts of things which entail that its holder will not suddenly acquire a large fortune. After providing a number of specific and general characterizations of the puzzle, Hawthorne carefully examines the competing merits of candidate solutions, addressing along the way a range of central questions concerning the nature and importance of knowledge.