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How Believing Can Fail to Be Knowing

Ramachandran, Murali (2006) How Believing Can Fail to Be Knowing. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 21 (2). pp. 185-194. ISSN 2171-679X

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This paper defends a simple, externalist account of knowledge, incorporating familiar conditions mentioned in the literature, and responds to Timothy Williamson’s charge that any such analysis is futile because knowledge is semantically un-analyzable. The response, in short, is that even though such an account may not offer a reductive analysis of knowledge—by way of more basic, non-circular concepts—it still has an explanatory advantage over Williamson’s own position: it explains how belief can fail to be knowledge.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: knowledge, externalism, closure principle, Williamson
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 15:10
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 15:10
Item ID: 10456
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
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Date: May 2006
Page Range: pp. 185-194
Volume: 21
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X

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