The contingent a priori and the publicity of a priori knowledge

Daniel Z. Korman

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Kripke maintains that one who stipulatively introduces the term 'one meter' as a rigid designator for the length of a certain stick s at time t is in a position to know a priori that if s exists at t then the length of s at t is one meter. Some (e.g., Soames 2003) have objected to this alleged instance of the contingent a priori on the grounds that the stipulator's knowledge would have to be based in part on substantive metalinguistic knowledge. I examine Soames's argument for the a posteriority of the relevant metalinguistic knowledge, and I argue that its main premise is false.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-393
Number of pages7
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • Contingent a priori
  • Kripke
  • Soames

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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