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The Profound Limitations of Knowledge


Fred Leavitt

The Profound Limitations of Knowledge explores the limitations of knowledge and argues that neither reasoning nor direct or indirect observations can be trusted. We cannot even assign probabilities to claims of what we can know. Furthermore, for any set of data, there are an infinite number of possible interpretations. Evidence suggests that we live in a participatory universe—that is, our observations shape reality.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Leavitt, Fred, author. Title: The profound limitations of knowledge / Fred Leavitt. Description: 1 [edition]. | New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2018. Series: History and philosophy of science: heresy, crossroads, and intersections; Volume 7 ISSN 2376-6336 (print) | ISSN 2376-6344 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018026069 | ISBN 978-1-4331-5453-9 (pbk.: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-5464-5 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5465-2 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-5466-9 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Knowledge, Theory of. Classification: LCC BD201 .L43 2018 | DDC 121/.2—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b14274 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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