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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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Lucky Knowledge

Lucky Knowledge

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(p.78) Chapter 14 Lucky Knowledge
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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/9780691154725.003.0014

This chapter introduces the concept of luck in these lottery stories. To the degree there is an impression that luck is incompatible with knowledge, it arises because in everyday situations when one luckily acquires a true belief, one commonly does lack knowledge. It can be tempting to assume that the explanation for why a subject lacks knowledge in reverse lottery stories must have something to do with its being a matter of luck that S has a true belief about the winning ticket, but this is a temptation to be resisted. The chapter argues that what matters is whether her true belief is surrounded by adequate information, not whether she has been lucky.

Keywords:   luck, lottery stories, lottery, reverse lottery stories, lucky knowledge, true beliefs

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