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Ernest Sosa

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691143972

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691143972.001.0001

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Three Views of Human Knowledge

Three Views of Human Knowledge

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(p.67) Chapter Four Three Views of Human Knowledge
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Knowing Full Well
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Ernest Sosa

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691143972.003.0004

This chapter considers a traditional account of knowledge along with its indirect realist view of perception. On a traditional approach, perceptual knowledge is a special case of “justified true belief plus.” Such justification is alleged to come from the evidence of our senses. The chapter also compares a radically opposed, knowledge-first account, one that claims an important advantage: it is said to make room for reasons that can establish answers to our questions, enabling us to vouch for those answers. There is, however, a further alternative to consider. While better aligned with the tradition, this further alternative, as the chapter describes, still claims the same advantage as the radical knowledge-first approach.

Keywords:   traditional knowledge, human knowledge, perceptual knowledge, knowledge first, radical knowledge, virtue epistemology

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