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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 Blocks

Knowledge Blocks

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(p.46) Chapter 8 Knowledge Blocks
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When Is True Belief Knowledge?
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Richard Foley

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154725.003.0008

This chapter explores the ways in which knowledge can be blocked. It points out that fanciful stories about circumstances far removed from those in which we typically make ascriptions of knowledge have to be handled with care. Another way to introduce such “knowledge blocks” is to simply live with the unease and insist that the subject does have knowledge despite there being an initial pull in the opposite direction. If the situation is bizarre enough, this need not be even much of a stretch. In addition, because knowledge stories are thinly described, it is always appropriate to consider what they look like when some of the details are filled in, because once details are added, our reactions to the stories may well be different.

Keywords:   knowledge blocks, knowledge stories, comprehensive beliefs, accurate beliefs, imagination, adequate information view

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