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The Real Guide to Fake Barns: A Catalogue of Gifts for Your Epistemic Enemies

Tamar Szabó Gendler

in Intuition, Imagination, and Philosophical Methodology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589760
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595486 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589760.003.0006
The Real Guide to Fake Barns: A Catalogue of Gifts for Your Epistemic Enemies

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This chapter attempts to show that a particular intuition that has played a central role in discussions of epistemology for roughly a quarter‐century is highly unstable. This is the intuition that, in so‐called fake barn cases, the subject does not know that he is seeing a barn. By presenting a range of examples that share the structural features of Alvin Goldman's original fake barn case, but differ from it in terms of their content, the chapter provides grounds for thinking that the fake barn intuition is not one around which a theory of knowledge can aptly be built.

Keywords: intuition; epistemology; knowledge; philosophical methodology; Alvin Goldman; fake barn case; Gettier case

Chapter.  9044 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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