Local v. Global Reliabilism. Discussion of McGinn

Edward Craig

in Knowledge and the State of Nature

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238799
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597237 | DOI:
 Local v. Global Reliabilism. Discussion of McGinn

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Discusses the relative merits of local reliabilism (exemplified by Nozick's theory) and global reliabilism (exemplified by Colin McGinn's theory). Craig concludes that the explicated concept of knowledge implies, in nearly all cases, the idea of a wider competence on the part of the informant (as espoused by global reliabilism), even though it does not entail it. This is because, in most cases, we will trust our informant over p if and only if we believe her to be good at discerning the truth over a range of related matters.

Keywords: global reliabilism; local reliabilism; McGinn; Nozick; reliabilism

Chapter.  2801 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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