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Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
Philosophy (Arts and Sciences)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Risto Hilpinen - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Ed Erwin - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Harvey Siegel - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Keith Lehrer - Committee Member
Fifth Committee Member
Kenneth Goodman - Outside Committee Member
This is a dissertation on how certain cognitive limitations inform a theory of knowledge. Explanations in terms of the pure indexical "I" indicate a class of cognitive limitations. "I" cannot be completely eliminated from any successful explanation of how the world is intelligible to me and only I can refer to myself with the indexical "I." This raises the possibility that there are thoughts that I can think that cannot be thought by anyone else. Given what an epistemological theory must say about the definition, structure, and instances of knowledge and epistemic merit in general, such limits to cognitive access must arise both in its explanations of ordinary cases and its specialized theoretical concepts. The main contention of this dissertation is that it must be possible for an epistemological theory to plausibly account for these limitations.
Knowledge; First Person
Morris, Jeremy, "The Epistemic Significance of Pure Indexicality" (2008). Open Access Dissertations. 97.