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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

(p.73) Chapter 13 Reverse Lottery Stories
When Is True Belief Knowledge?

Richard Foley

Princeton University Press

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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