- 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.46) Chapter 8 Knowledge Blocks
- When Is True Belief Knowledge?
- Princeton University Press
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.
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