<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Williamson (Timothy) - Philosophical Knowledge and Knowledge of Counterfactuals (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7652.htm">Philosophical Knowledge and Knowledge of Counterfactuals</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/W/Author_Williamson (Timothy).htm">Williamson (Timothy)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Website</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7652.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperCitings_7652.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Author s Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Metaphysical <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modalities</A><SUP>1</SUP> are definable from counterfactual conditionals, and the epistemology of the former is a special case of the epistemology of the latter. </li><li>In particular, the role of conceivability and inconceivability in assessing claims of possibility and impossibility can be explained as a special case of the pervasive role of the imagination in assessing counterfactual conditionals, an account of which is sketched. </li><li>Thus scepticism about metaphysical <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modality</A><SUP>2</SUP> entails a more far-reaching scepticism about counterfactuals. </li><li>The account is used to question the significance of the distinction between <em>a priori</em> and <em>a posteriori</em> knowledge. </li></ol> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><ul type="disc"><li>See <a name="W479W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/faculty/members/docs/counterfactuals.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A> (Defunct) </li><li>To appear in Grazer Philosophische Studien 2007 </li><li>and in Christian Beyer and Alex Burri (eds.), <em>Philosophical Knowledge  Its Possibility and Scope</em>, Amsterdam: Rodopi. </li></ul><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-03T00:15" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:15:57</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>