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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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Reverse Lottery Stories

Reverse Lottery Stories

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(p.73) Chapter 13 Reverse Lottery Stories
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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/9780691154725.003.0013

This chapter examines reverse lottery stories, which focus on the fortunate holder of the winning lottery ticket. It searches for the important gaps in the information of the subject S as she believes herself to have possessed the winning ticket despite having no sources of information confirming this fact. Nonetheless, she is correct, and is in possession of a true belief. The chapter further expands on this story to reveal even more gaps in information, and also reintroduces another subject of a story from one of the earlier chapters. Finally, the chapter brings up the concept of knowledge blocks to further complicate the reverse lottery stories.

Keywords:   reverse lottery stories, winning ticket, accurate beliefs, true beliefs, information gaps, lottery ticket, knowledge blocks

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