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Knowledge and Truth: A Skeptical Challenge

Buckwalter, Wesley and Turri, John (2020) Knowledge and Truth: A Skeptical Challenge. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 101 (1). pp. 93-101.


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It is widely accepted in epistemology that knowledge is factive, meaning that only truths can be known. We argue that this theory creates a skeptical challenge: because many of our beliefs are only approximately true and therefore false, they do not count as knowledge. We consider several responses to this challenge and propose a new one. We propose easing the truth requirement on knowledge to allow approximately true, practically adequate representations to count as knowledge. In addition to addressing the skeptical challenge, this view also coheres with several previous theoretical proposals in epistemology.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Turri, John
Depositing User: Dr Wesley Buckwalter
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2021 04:19
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2021 04:19
Item ID: 19272
Journal or Publication Title: Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Publisher: Wiley
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Date: 2020
Page Range: pp. 93-101
Volume: 101
Number: 1

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