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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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A Look Back

A Look Back

(p.121) Chapter 25 A Look Back
When Is True Belief Knowledge?

Richard Foley

Princeton University Press

This chapter reflects on the author's method of laying out the preceding chapters' topics, in particular with the use of knowledge stories, though it also points out the disadvantages of such a method. In addition, the chapter also considers the ways in which theorizing about knowledge here can be kept simple. The primary aim of inquiry here, after all, is to acquire truths—especially ones that matter. This chapter then sets forth an assumption that knowledge is a matter of having enough true beliefs, in order to proceed with the enterprise of attempting in our fallibilistic ways to determine what is true and what is not. Such a view, however, stands in opposition to a long venerable tradition in epistemology.

Keywords:   knowledge stories, knowledge, truths, true beliefs, epistemology, intuitions

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