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Shakespeare and the Theory of Knowledge
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2021  Friday, 17 October 2003

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Oct 2003 10:18:14 -0400
Subject: 14.1981 Shakespeare and the Theory of Knowledge
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1981 Shakespeare and the Theory of Knowledge

>I can't think of an unqualified Gettier case in Shakespeare, but isn't
>Oscar Wilde's entire play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," built
>around such a case of a true knowledge based on a false observation?
<snip>
>It is only at the end of the play that the birth tokens reveal that Jack
>is, indeed, Ernest. Yet all the evidence that Algernon cites is
>hilariously beside the point.
>
>Cheers,
>Dave

Everyone in Ephesus thinks Antipholus of Syracuse's name is Antipholus.
This belief is justified. It is also true. It is not, however, according
to Gettier, "knowledge" i.e. they do not "know" that his name is
Antipholus.

Happy Birthday Oscar

Clifford Stetner
CUNY

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