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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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Maximally Accurate and Comprehensive Beliefs

Maximally Accurate and Comprehensive Beliefs

(p.32) Chapter 6 Maximally Accurate and Comprehensive Beliefs
When Is True Belief Knowledge?

Richard Foley

Princeton University Press

This chapter argues that, just as it may be possible to argue that maximally accurate and comprehensive beliefs inevitably satisfy minimal standards of reliability, so too it may be possible to argue that they inevitably meet minimal standards of justification. It asserts that to know one must not lack important information. This test may not always resolve disputes over whether someone knows something, but it does suggest that as one's grasp of a situation becomes more and more complete, it ought to become more and more difficult to deny that one has knowledge. Merely accumulating truths is not enough, however. One can acquire numerous truths about a situation and still not be in a position to know if the truths are unimportant. Moreover, how truths are connected is itself information, indeed, often crucial information.

Keywords:   accurate beliefs, comprehensive beliefs, reliability, justification, important truths, crucial information, true beliefs

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