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A Priori

[Latin, From the cause to the effect.]

This phrase refers to a type of reasoning that examines given general principles to discover what particular facts or real-life observations can be derived from them. Another name for this method is deductive reasoning.

a priori

adverb accordingly, as a consequence, as a reeult of, as is, because of this, by reason of, consequently, deductively, derivatively, doubtlessly, ergo, ex connesso, for that reason, for this reason, for which reason, from a general law to a particular instance, from cause to effect, from that cause, from this cause, in consequence, inferentially, on account of this, on that account, on that ground, proceeding from antecedent to consequent, thusly, to that end
See also: analytical, axiomatic, discursive
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BonJour argues that the premises of an argument attacking genuine a priori knowledge must, at pain of self-defeat, be a posteriori in character.
It is the entailment relation between them--P entails N--that is claimed, apparently, a priori. The question is whether NC would succeed if this entailment was reduced to an analytic truth or eliminated altogether.
Part 3 examines the relation between the subjective and the objective a priori. Chapter 10 argues for the equality of man and world.
how a priori knowledge of matters of fact is possible.' The problem with this attempt to play devil's advocate is that the line of argument offered to the objector, which includes endorsing non-factualism about modality, can not support the form of skepticism about a priori knowledge that Cassam means to entertain.