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Ernest Sosa

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691183268

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691183268.001.0001

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Knowledge: What It Is and How We Might Have It

Knowledge: What It Is and How We Might Have It

(p.55) Chapter Four Knowledge: What It Is and How We Might Have It

Ernest Sosa

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at how the ontological theory of knowledge as constituted by belief that is both true and justified would gain standing through the metaphysical explanations that it provides. On its basis: first, one could explain how knowledge supervenes at least in part on belief, truth, and justification; second, one could explain also why knowledge entails each of belief, truth, and justification; and finally, one could have explained why JTBmodal and JTBexplanatory were true had they indeed been true. The ontological theory might gain further support through its direct intuitive attraction when one inquires with sufficient clarity into the constitution of knowledge.

Keywords:   ontology, knowledge theory, metaphysics, belief, truth, justification, intuitive attraction

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