Reliabilism and the Value of Knowledge

Alvin I. Goldman and Erik J. Olsson

in Reliabilism and Contemporary Epistemology

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812875
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933150 | DOI:
Reliabilism and the Value of Knowledge

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This chapter discusses two possible solutions to the value-of-knowledge problem. It first discusses the conditional probability solution, which was formulated and defended by Erik Olsson. It then considers the “value autonomization”, which has been developed and defended by the author of this book. The chapter then stresses that the swamping problem is equally problematic for many theories of knowledge and internalist theories. The chapter also introduces the concepts of type instrumentalism and token instrumentalism.

Keywords: value-of-knowledge problem; conditional probability solution; Erik Olsson; value autonomization; swamping problem; theories of knowledge; internalist theories; type instrumentalism; token instrumentalism

Chapter.  11503 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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