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Knowledge of False Propositions

Tony Lloyd

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September 3, 2007

'Everything you know is wrong' is, for the most part, held to be a contradiction. If a proposition is false then you do not know it, if you know it then it isn't wrong. I disagree. The statements 'I know P', 'he knows P' or 'it is known that P', to the extent that they imply truth imply a different kind of truth from the conventional correspondence-truth. The 'truth' implied is broadly in line with the Pragmatist view of truth. I contend that a (modified) Pragmatist view of truth is necessary, explore its nature, its effect in avoiding certain contemporary paradoxes of knowledge and explore how we can reconcile the Pragmatist view of truth with the correspondence theory of truth.

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Keywords: Knowledge, Epistemology, Truth, Pragmatism

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Date posted: September 13, 2007  

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Lloyd, Tony, Knowledge of False Propositions (September 3, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1011802 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1011802

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