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Proper Function

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/10.1093/0199275742.003.0005
 Proper Function

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This chapter defends an externalist analysis of justification, focusing on its proper function requirement. It identifies three ways a popular evidentialist view needs improvement, and argues that the proper function analysis captures the recommended improvements. It then highlights some virtues of the analysis, including the fact that because it has no reliability requirement, it is an externalist position that avoids the usual objections to reliabilist accounts of justification. The chapter concludes by responding to several objections.

Keywords: Byrne; evidentialism; externalism; intentionalism; justification; Plantinga; proper function; Reid; reliabilism

Chapter.  22422 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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