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By Noah Lemos

Epistemology or the idea of data is without doubt one of the cornerstones of analytic philosophy, and this publication presents a transparent and obtainable creation to the topic. It discusses many of the major theories of justification, together with foundationalism, coherentism, reliabilism, and advantage epistemology. different themes contain the Gettier challenge, internalism and externalism, skepticism, the matter of epistemic circularity, the matter of the criterion, a priori wisdom, and naturalized epistemology. meant essentially for college students taking a first-class in epistemology, this lucid and well-written textual content could additionally offer an exceptional creation for somebody attracted to figuring out extra approximately this crucial region of philosophy.

Part of the Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy sequence.

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23 24 An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge believing that (f). Now, suppose that Smith has another friend, Brown, whose whereabouts are unknown to Smith. Smith selects some place names at random and deduces from (f) the following: (g) Either Jones owns a Ford or Brown is in Boston. (h) Either Jones owns a Ford or Brown is in Barcelona. (i) Either Jones owns a Ford or Brown is in Brest-Litovsk. Since Smith is justified in believing (f) and sees that (f) entails (g)À(i), he is justified in believing each of them.

Still, given the realistic holographic image, it seems that your perceptual belief is justified. But now let’s suppose that your belief is also true À there is a man in the room. He’s simply not visible to you from the doorway. In this case, your belief that there is a man in the room is true and justified, but it is not an instance of knowledge. 25 26 An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge This seems to be another case in which we have a justified true belief that is not knowledge. But note that in this case your justified true belief is not formed by inferring it from some other justified belief.

Finally, in Case 3 what makes it true that (l), someone in my office owns a Ford, is the fact that Brown owns a Ford. But again the fact that Brown owns a Ford is not connected in any appropriate way with Smith’s belief in (l). He cannot give a proper reconstruction from the fact that Brown owns a Ford to his belief in (l). D12 appears to yield the right results in Cases 1, 2, and 3. In spite of its success in dealing with Gettier’s original cases and some variations thereof, D12 faces some rather serious objections.

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