Why Deflationist Theories of Knowledge Deserve Consideration


I address how traditional theories of knowledge must deal with a longstanding problem in philosophy, known as the swamping problem. I cover the version present in Plato’s Meno–known as the swamping problem–and Linda Zagzebski’s secondary value problem. I address Duncan Pritchard attempt at resolving this problem by introducing a final value to knowledge, then introduce a number of intuition pumps for the nonexistence of final value. I then introduce the extended value problem and provide a number of intuition pumps that support the conclusion that deflationist theories of knowledge account for all version of the value problem while other theories of knowledge do not.

King’s College London. London, United Kingdom