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When Is True Belief Knowledge?

Richard Foley


A woman glances at a broken clock and comes to believe it is a quarter past seven. Yet, despite the broken clock, it really does happen to be a quarter past seven. Her belief is true, but it isn't knowledge. This is a classic illustration of a central problem in epistemology: determining what knowledge requires in addition to true belief. This book finds a new solution to the problem in the observation that whenever someone has a true belief but not knowledge, there is some significant aspect of the situation about which she lacks true beliefs—something important that she doesn't quite “get.” ... More

Keywords: contemporary epistemology, knowledge, true belief, human concerns, human values, information

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154725
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Foley, author
New York University