Knowledge and the permissibility of action

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I argue in favor of a certain connection between knowledge and the permissibility of action. On this approach, we do not think of the relation between those notions as reflecting a universal epistemic principle. Instead, we think of it as something resembling a platitude from folk psychology. With the help of some elementary tools from the logic of normativity and counterfactuals, I attempt to establish the connection by deriving it from more elementary principles. The new formulation involves a ceteris paribus clause. Though it is often difficult to specify the exact content of a ceteris paribus clause, we will see that our clause is derived from a descriptive generalization with independent motivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
StateAccepted/In press - Oct 10 2017


  • Epistemology
  • Knowledge
  • Knowledge action principle
  • Pragmatic encroachment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences(all)


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