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When Is True Belief Knowledge?$
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Richard Foley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154725

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154725.001.0001

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Knowledge Stories

Knowledge Stories

(p.9) Chapter 3 Knowledge Stories
When Is True Belief Knowledge?

Richard Foley

Princeton University Press

This chapter talks about how stories drive the contemporary theory of knowledge. The practice is to tell a tiny story, use it to elicit an intuition about whether the subject has or lacks knowledge, and then draw a moral for the theory of knowledge. Some of the stories are stripped-down versions of familiar situations. Others depict unusual circumstances, and still others are beyond unusual. These stories, such as the ones so far related in this volume, make use of the common literary device of providing the audience with information that the subjects of the stories lack. Moreover, the stories are told in a way to suggest that the missing information is important.

Keywords:   knowledge stories, morals, literary devices, missing information, fiction

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