In a recent paper, Roca-Royes argues that conceivability cannot be the whole story about our access to de re modal knowledge. Her claim is that conceivability-based epistemologies fails to comply with a principle any epistemology of de re modality must observe. I critically assess Roca-Royes' argument in two respects. First, I will argue that the notion of 'pretense' at play in her conceivability method, the method by which the conceivabilist establishes de re necessities, is illicit. Second, I shall consider wide content as an answer to the objection.
Main Research Area:
Annual Meeting of the Danish Philosophical Society 2014