Single Idea 9339

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 10. A Priori as Subjective]

Full Idea

One potential source of a priori knowledge is the innate structure of our minds. We might, for example, have an a priori commitment to classical logic.

Gist of Idea

A priori knowledge (e.g. classical logic) may derive from the innate structure of our minds


Paul Horwich (Stipulation, Meaning and Apriority [2000], 11)

Book Reference

'New Essays on the A Priori', ed/tr. Boghossian,P /Peacocke,C [OUP 2000], p.168

A Reaction

Horwich points out that to be knowledge it must also say that we ought to believe it. I'm wondering whether if we divided the whole territory of the a priori up into intuitions and then coherent justifications, the whole problem would go away.