Human Knowledge and Reflection

Hilary Kornblith

in Knowledge and its Place in Nature

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246311
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597862 | DOI:
 						Human Knowledge and Reflection

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Some have argued that knowledge, or human knowledge, requires some sort of reflection, usually on the reasonableness of one's beliefs. It is argued that there is no such requirement, either for knowledge in general, or even for human knowledge. Reflection is not always an epistemically good thing; when it is epistemically valuable, what is valuable about it is already explained by a reliability requirement on knowledge. Knowledge does not require reflection of any sort.

Keywords: belief; epistemic value; human knowledge; knowledge; reasonableness; reflection; reliability

Chapter.  11545 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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