Can Truth Out?

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It is rather discouraging that forty years have passed since Frederic Fitch first propounded his paradox of knowability without philosophers having achieved agreement on a solution. As a general rule, when modal phenomena prove puzzling, it is a good idea to look at the corresponding temporal phenomena. This chapter examines not the knowability principle that whatever is true can be known, but rather the discovery principle that whatever is true will be known.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Essays on the Knowability Paradox
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191713972
ISBN (Print)9780199285495
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Discovery
  • Fitch paradox
  • Knowability paradox
  • Truth


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