Against a priori reductions
PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2006
According to David Chalmers and Frank Jackson, conceptual competence puts one in a position to have a priori knowledge of conditional claims of the form 'If my environment is thus and so, then water = H 2O'. The rationale for this position, I argue, rests on controversial semantic assumptions about the individuation of meanings or concepts. I sketch a new model of conceptual competence, which undermines the apriority of such conditionals. © 2006 The Author.