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Title: Semantics of Knowledge ‘a positio’
Authors: Swindler, James K.
Keywords: KnowledgeSocial ontology
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: James K. Swindler, "Semantics of Knowledge ‘a positio’", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XI (2009) 1, pp. 427-437.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XI (2009) 1
This paper challenges the standard a priori/a posteriori distinction by looking at statements
in which comprehension requires more that merely passive awareness of objects and their
properties. A proposal is made to add to (not to supplant) the traditional categories of
knowledge, the “a positio,” characterized by active, intentional, and collective involvement
of language users in the existence and nature of objects of reference needed for the truth of
statements about various kinds of artifacts, broadly construed. The conditions of
understanding statements about institutions, institutional activity and standards of
measurement are considered in some detail.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
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