By Christopher Peacocke
Being recognized is a reaction to a philosophical problem which arises for each zone of inspiration: to reconcile a believable account of what's eager about the reality of statements in a given quarter with a reputable account of the way we will be able to understand these statements. Christopher Peacocke offers a framework for addressing the problem, a framework which hyperlinks either the speculation of data and the idea of fact with the idea of concept-possession.
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Can we say that this belief is explained by the truth of the counterfactual which he believes? It seems that it is rather explained by his belief or perception that the cards have a certain spatial arrangement, together with his belief in the instability of this arrangement. That the cards have that spatial arrangement is a truth about how things actually are, rather than something modal. What actually explains belief in or knowledge of a counterfactual need not be something which is the categorical ground of that very counterfactual.
It does not follow that the content A&B is knowable by the thinker in certain circumstances. The position into which the thinker may need to get himself in order to know A may exclude his getting himself into the position to know B. In short, there is nothing in the Linking Thesis which tends to the conclusion that any true propositional content must be knowable by the thinker, not even in principle. How can an epistemically individuated concept also occur in atomic contents which are not knowable by the thinker?
In the presence of these presuppositions on the part of the thinker who is taking perceptual experience at face value, the judgement ‘That's a phone’ becomes rationally non-discretionary. That each of these is indeed a presupposition is evidenced in part by the fact that the thinker would be rationally obliged to reassess his judgement ‘That's a phone’ were he to come to believe that any one of them failed to hold. As before, similar points apply to judgements based on the deliverances of experiential memory, of non-personal memory, and of testimony.
Being Known by Christopher Peacocke