Bas van Fraassen’s philosophy blog

  • Antropomorphic?

    July 10, 2019 by

    Most of the afternoon my dog Zoe is asleep. When it is getting close to four o’clock she wakes up, and comes to find me — if I don’t seem to get the point she makes it clear that she is calling me for it is time for her afternoon walk. She believes that she… Read more

  • Fitch, too, had a Paradox: (2) Actuality

    October 15, 2020 by

    As it stands, Fitch’s argument is water-tight, air-tight. But as it stands, it relies on a very shallow representation of being known. To say that something is known is to say that someone knows it. First point: such words as “someone”, “everyone”, “anyone” are used with some range implicitly in mind. For example, if I… Read more

  • Fitch, too, had a Paradox: (1) Possibility

    October 12, 2020 by

    Are any truths unknowable? When I first saw this, my impulse certainly was to say No — at least not in principle! We poor finite beings have our limitations, limited intellectual storage capacity and low processing speed, admittedly. But those limitations are contingent, and malleable. So, leaving those aside, surely if anything is true it… Read more

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