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A Two-Tiered Relevant Alternatives Theory

Duncan Pritchard

in Epistemological Disjunctivism

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199557912
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191743290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557912.003.0015
A Two-Tiered Relevant Alternatives Theory

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This chapter argues for the replacement of the relevant alternatives account of perceptual knowledge with two-tiered view that is cast along the same lines. This two-tiered relevant alternatives theory is very much in accord with commonsense; conforms to the basic thought that underlies the core relevant alternatives intuition, which is that one can have knowledge without having to rule out far-fetched error-possibilities; and accommodates the thought that alternatives can be made relevant in other ways than by one's environment, though it does so in such a way as to keep the demands on our discriminative powers realistic.

Keywords: relevant alternatives account; perceptual knowledge; two-tiered theory; alternatives intuition

Chapter.  1796 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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