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Reliabilism

Alvin I. Goldman

in Reliabilism and Contemporary Epistemology

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812875
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933150 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812875.003.0004
Reliabilism

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This chapter introduces reliabilism and identifies important objections and counterexamples to reliabilism. It presents a survey of existing responses, including the response to the demon-world problem and the reliable clairvoyant problem. It studies the many forms of contemporary epistemology that share the central features of reliabilism. It discusses the “tracking” theory of Nozick, which serves as a counterfactual reliability theory of knowledge, minus any element of causal processes. Another theory included in this chapter is “virtue reliabilism”, which rather closely resembles reliabilism.

Keywords: reliabilism; existing responses; demon-world problem; reliable clairvoyant problem; central features; contemporary epistemology; counterfactual reliability theory; causal processes; virtue reliabilism

Chapter.  12813 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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