If That Were True I Would Have Heard about it by Now

Sanford C. Goldberg

in Relying on Others

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593248
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594625 | DOI:
If That Were True I Would Have Heard about it by Now

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This chapter examines beliefs formed on the basis of one's expectation that if things were not so, one would have heard about it by now. It is argued that a proper reliabilist assessment of these beliefs must attend to various cognitive dispositions of the members of the subject's community. On the model offered, such “coverage‐supported” beliefs are a species of inferentially‐acquired beliefs, where the inference is from a premise asserting the subject's expectation of relevant coverage. The epistemic goodness of the subject's expectation, in turn, is determined by reference to prevailing social practices and institutions.

Keywords: coverage; media coverage; reliabilism; knowledge; justification

Chapter.  10968 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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