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What Moore's Paradox Is About

Claudio de Almeida
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Vol. 62, No. 1 (Jan., 2001), pp. 33-58
DOI: 10.2307/2653588
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2653588
Page Count: 26
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What Moore's Paradox Is About
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Abstract

On the basis of arguments showing that none of the most influential analyses of Moore's paradox yields a successful resolution of the problem, a new analysis of it is offered. It is argued that, in attempting to render verdicts of either inconsistency or self-contradiction or self-refutation, those analyses have all failed to satisfactorily explain why a Moore-paradoxical proposition is such that it cannot be rationally believed. According to the proposed solution put forward here, a Moore-paradoxical proposition is one for which the believer can have no non-overridden evidence. The arguments for this claim make use of some of Peter Klein's views on epistemic defeasibility. It is further suggested that this proposal may have important meta-epistemological implications.

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