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A Dilemma for Internalism

Michael Bergmann

in Justification without Awareness

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780199275748
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603907 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199275742.003.0001
 A Dilemma for Internalism

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According to internalists, for a belief to be justified it is not enough that it has certain virtues (such as being reliably formed or supported by the evidence), the person holding it must be aware that he has those virtues. This awareness requirement, which internalists think is necessary for justification, comes in two forms: strong and weak. This chapter argues that internalists face the following dilemma: if they endorse the strong awareness requirement, they are faced with regress problems leading to extreme skepticism; if they endorse the weak awareness requirement, they lose the main motivation for their internalism.

Keywords: awareness; BonJour; internalism; justification; skepticism

Chapter.  11244 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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