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Single Idea 21627

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 1. Knowledge]

Full Idea

Inexact knowledge is a widespread and easily recognised cognitive phenomenon, whose underlying nature turns out to be characterised by the holding of margin of error principles.

Gist of Idea

We have inexact knowledge when we include margins of error


Timothy Williamson (Vagueness [1994], 8.3)

A Reaction

Williamson is invoking this as a tool in developing his epistemic view of vagueness. It obviously invites the question of how it can be knowledge if error is a possibility. A very large margin of error would obviously invalidate it.

Book Reference

Williamson,Timothy: 'Vagueness' [Routledge 1996], p.227