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Title: The Knowability Paradox and Truths Dependent on their Epistemic Status
Author(s): LEE, Byeong D.
Journal: Logique et Analyse
Volume: 225    Date: 2014   
Pages: 1-14
DOI: 10.2143/LEA.225.0.3011353

Abstract :
On the anti-realist notion of truth, truth is not evidence-transcendent. Thus, it seems, the anti-realist should be committed to the claim that all truths are knowable. But Fitch showed that we can derive a contradiction from this knowability claim and two very plausible principles of knowledge. In this paper I argue that Fitch’s paradox arises because we wrongly assume the validity of the following inference: one is entitled to assert the existence of unknown truths; therefore, one is entitled to assert for some specific proposition that it is an unknown truth. Based on the invalidity of this inference, I show that we can block the derivation of Fitch’s proof without weakening the knowability claim, although I do not endorse the knowability claim itself. I also show that my restriction strategy disarms the paradox in such a way that is free from the criticisms made against Tennant-style restriction strategies.

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