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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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The Core Concepts of Epistemology

The Core Concepts of Epistemology

(p.134) Chapter 27 The Core Concepts of Epistemology
When Is True Belief Knowledge?

Richard Foley

Princeton University Press

This chapter details the core concepts of this reoriented epistemology. These are true belief and epistemically rational belief. Knowledge and justified belief are derivative concepts explicated in terms of these core concepts together with human goals, needs, and values, which explains why the standards of both knowledge and justified belief become more demanding as the stakes go up. In the case of knowledge there cannot be important truths of which one is unaware, and in the case of justified belief the level of effort one expends in gathering evidence and deliberating should be commensurate with what it is epistemically rational to believe about the importance of the matter at hand.

Keywords:   epistemology, reoriented epistemology, true belief, epistemically rational belief, knowledge, justified belief

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