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Knowledge, justification, and (a sort of) safe belief

Knowledge, justification, and (a sort of) safe belief
Knowledge, justification, and (a sort of) safe belief
An influential proposal is that knowledge involves safe belief. A belief is safe, in the relevant sense, just in case it is true in nearby metaphysically possible worlds. In this paper, I introduce a distinct but complementary notion of safety, understood in terms of epistemically possible worlds. The main aim, in doing so, is to add to the epistemologist’s tool-kit. To demonstrate the usefulness of the tool, I use it to advance and assess substantive proposals concerning knowledge and justification.
Epistemically possible worlds, Justification, Knowledge, Lottery paradox, Safety
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Whiting, Daniel
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Whiting, Daniel
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Whiting, Daniel (2020) Knowledge, justification, and (a sort of) safe belief. Synthese, 197 (8), 3593-3609. (doi:10.1007/s11229-018-01905-z).

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An influential proposal is that knowledge involves safe belief. A belief is safe, in the relevant sense, just in case it is true in nearby metaphysically possible worlds. In this paper, I introduce a distinct but complementary notion of safety, understood in terms of epistemically possible worlds. The main aim, in doing so, is to add to the epistemologist’s tool-kit. To demonstrate the usefulness of the tool, I use it to advance and assess substantive proposals concerning knowledge and justification.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 August 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 22 September 2018
Published date: August 2020
Keywords: Epistemically possible worlds, Justification, Knowledge, Lottery paradox, Safety

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Local EPrints ID: 423056
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/423056
ISSN: 0039-7857
PURE UUID: c29ac7de-aafd-450d-8ce9-be79b53d7b0e

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Date deposited: 13 Aug 2018 16:30
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 05:06

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