Knowledge, Belief, and the A Priori

Christian Helmut Wenzel


This paper has two parts. In the first I give a brief historical account of the a priori and point out the central and problematic role of Erfahrung überhaupt in Kant’s transcendental philosophy. In the
second and main part I offer a criticism of Kripke’s arguments for the contingent a priori and thereby question his radical separation of
metaphysics and epistemology.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; a priori; contingency; reference; reference fixing; epistemology; metaphysics

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