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The contingent a priori and the publicity of a priori knowledge

Daniel Z. Korman
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 149, No. 3 (July 2010), pp. 387-393
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40783272
Page Count: 7
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The contingent a priori and the publicity of a priori knowledge
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Abstract

Kripke maintains that one who stipulatively introduces the term ' one meter' as a rigid designator for the length of a certain stick s at time t is in a position to know a priori that if s exists at t then the length of s at t is one meter. Some (e.g., Soames 2003) have objected to this alleged instance of the contingent a priori on the grounds that the stipulator's knowledge would have to be based in part on substantive metalinguistic knowledge. I examine Soames's argument for the a posteriority of the relevant metalinguistic knowledge, and I argue that its main premise is false.

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