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A Curious Proof

A Curious Proof

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Published by: Heidi Howkins Lockwood on Oct 10, 2012
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 A Puzzle about Belief and the Limits of Knowledge
Heidi Howkins Lockwood Yale UniversityMay, 2008
 
 
“As we know,
 there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say  we know there are some things we do not know.But there are also unknown unknowns,the ones
 we don‟t know we don‟t know.”
 
~ U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeldat a Feb. 12, 2002 Department of Defense news briefing in response to questions about U.S. intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq 
 
Overview 
I. IntroductionII. Proof of the Possibility of Believing an Impossibility Part 1
 – 
A conditional proof Part 2
 – 
 
Discharging the “Cartesian” premise
 
III. The Limits of Knowledge (and other operators):
 A Löb-like incompleteness resultIV. DiscussionDiagonalizing on propositions

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