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Evaluating the Argument

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Evaluating the Argument There seems to be an equivocation in “what you’re looking for”: A. The question you wish to answer. B. The answer to 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 one sense in which both premises are true. And from the pair of true premises, (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 questions you don’t have the answers to. How Inquiry is Possible So 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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