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Single Idea 9333

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 1. Nature of the A Priori]

Full Idea

It is one thing to believe something a priori and another for this belief to be epistemically justified. The latter is required for a priori knowledge.

Gist of Idea

A priori belief is not necessarily a priori justification, or a priori knowledge


Paul Horwich (Stipulation, Meaning and Apriority [2000], 8)

Book Reference

'New Essays on the A Priori', ed/tr. Boghossian,P /Peacocke,C [OUP 2000], p.162

A Reaction

Personally I would agree with this, because I don't think anything should count as knowledge if it doesn't have supporting reasons, but fans of a priori knowledge presumably think that certain basic facts are just known. They are a priori justified.