Internalism Exposed

Alvin I. Goldman

in Pathways to Knowledge

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195138795
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833252 | DOI:
 Internalism Exposed

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The internalist conception of justification usually rests on an accessibility requirement: the justifiers of a belief are states of affairs to which the agent must have access, which allegedly implies that justifiers are internal to the agent. What mode of access does internalism mean to require, and what is its conception of “internal?” Various answers to these questions are examined, but all are found wanting. Restrictive conceptions of access – restricting access to introspection, for example – have the skeptical implication that beliefs in certain domains do not qualify as justified. More permissive conceptions of access fail to guarantee that justifiers are internal.

Keywords: accessibility requirement; internalism; justification; justifiers; skepticism

Chapter.  9417 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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