- Title Pages
- Chapter 1 An Observation
- Chapter 2 Post-Gettier Accounts of Knowledge
- Chapter 3 Knowledge Stories
- Chapter 4 Intuitions about Knowledge
- Chapter 5 Important Truths
- Chapter 6 Maximally Accurate and Comprehensive Beliefs
- Chapter 7 The Beetle in the Box
- Chapter 8 Knowledge Blocks
- Chapter 9 The Theory of Knowledge and Theory of Justified Belief
- Chapter 10 The Value of True Belief
- Chapter 11 The Value of Knowledge
- Chapter 12 The Lottery and Preface
- Chapter 13 Reverse Lottery Stories
- Chapter 14 Lucky Knowledge
- Chapter 15 Closure and Skepticism
- Chapter 16 Disjunctions
- Chapter 17 Fixedness and Knowledge
- Chapter 18 Instability and Knowledge
- Chapter 19 Misleading Defeaters
- Chapter 20 Believing That I Don’t Know
- Chapter 21 Introspective Knowledge
- Chapter 22 Perceptual Knowledge
- Chapter 23 A Priori Knowledge
- Chapter 24 Collective Knowledge
- Chapter 25 A Look Back
- Chapter 26 Epistemology within a General Theory of Rationality
- Chapter 27 The Core Concepts of Epistemology
- (p.19) Chapter 5 Important Truths
- When Is True Belief Knowledge?
- Princeton University Press
This chapter considers how to divide true beliefs that potentially rise to the level of knowledge from those that do not. Theories of knowledge identify a dimension for making the division. Other conditions may also need to be satisfied, but this dimension does the initial work in qualifying a true belief as a plausible candidate for knowledge. According to justification-based theories, the relevant dimension is the strength of the person's evidence. According to reliability theories, it is the degree of reliability of the processes generating the belief. For tracking theories, it is how extensive the range of counterfactual situations is in which the person's belief would track the truth. Whatever the proposed dimension, however, there is no nonarbitrary way of specifying a precise point along which a true belief becomes a credible candidate for knowledge.
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