Evaluating the ArgumentThere seems to be an equivocation in “what you’re looking for”: A. Thequestionyou wish to answer. B. The answerto that question. Using sense (A), (2) is true, but (1) is false; using sense (B), (1) is true, but (2) is false. But there is no onesense in which bothpremises are true. And from the pair of truepremises, (1B) and (2A), nothing follows, because of the equivocation. To see the ambiguity, consider the question: “Is it possible for you to know what you don’t know?” In one sense, the answer is “no.” You can’t both know and not know the same thing. (Pace Heraclitus.) In another sense, the answer is “yes.” You can know the questionsyou don’t have the answers to. How Inquiry is PossibleSo this is how inquiry is possible. You know what question you want to answer (and to which you don’t yet know the answer); you follow some appropriate procedure for answering questions of that type; and finally you come to know what you did not previously know, viz., the answer to that question.
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