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Knowledge and Relevant Alternatives

Palle Yourgrau
Synthese
Vol. 55, No. 2, Justification and Empirical Knowledge, Parts III and IV (May, 1983), pp. 175-190
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20115867
Page Count: 16
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Knowledge and Relevant Alternatives
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Abstract

Traditionally, skeptics as well as their opponents have agreed that in order to know that p one must be able, by some preferred means, to rule out all the alternatives to p. Recently, however, some philosophers have attempted to avert skepticism not (merely) by weakening the preferred means but rather by articulating a subset of the alternatives to p -- the so-called relevant alternatives -- and insisting that knowledge that p requires only that we be able (by the preferred means) to rule out members of the set. In this paper I argue that a precise formulation of this new approach reveals it inadequate as a solution to skepticism.

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