Additional reflections on Putnam, Wright and Brains in Vats

Noonan, Harold W. (2016) Additional reflections on Putnam, Wright and Brains in Vats. Metaphysica, 17 (2). pp. 207-212. ISSN 1874-6373

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Putnam’s argument against the sceptical Brain-in-a-Vat hypothesis continues to intrigue. I argue in what follows that the argument refutes a particular kind of sceptic and make a proposal about its more general significance. To appreciate the soundness of the argument, I explain, we need to appreciate that the sceptic’s contention is that I cannot know that I am not a brain in a vat even if I am not. This is why in response to the sceptic it is legitimate to make a transition from knowing that a sentence is true to knowing the truth it expresses, which is the crucial move in the argument.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Brain-in-a-Vat; scepticism; Putnam; Wright
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Philosophy
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 14:32
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:04

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