What should a theory of knowledge do?

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Abstract

The Gettier Problem is the problem of revising the view that knowledge is justified true belief in a way that is immune to Gettier counter-examples. The "Gettier Problem problem", according to Lycan, is the problem of saying what is misguided about trying to solve the Gettier Problem. In this paper I take up the Gettier Problem problem. I distinguish giving conditions that are necessary and sufficient for knowledge from giving conditions that explain why one knows when one does know. I argue that the problem with the Gettier Problem is that it requires us to articulate conditions that suffice for knowledge even if those conditions are non-explanatory. After defending this view, I take up two related methodological issues, one about the evidence that can be given in favor of an account of knowledge, and one about the role that investigating justification might play in investigating knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-579
Number of pages19
JournalDialectica
Volume65
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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