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The Problem of the Justification of a Theory of Knowledge: Part I: Some Historical Metamorphoses

Luciano Floridi
Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie
Vol. 24, No. 2 (1993), pp. 205-233
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25170963
Page Count: 29
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The Problem of the Justification of a Theory of Knowledge: Part I: Some Historical Metamorphoses
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Abstract

The article concerns the meta-epistemological problem of the justification of a theory of knowledge and provides a reconstruction of the history of its formulations. In the first section, I analyse the connections between Sextus Empiricus' diallelus, Montaigne's rouet and Chisholm's "problem of criterion"; in the second section I focus on the link between the diallelus and the Cartesian circle; in the third section I reconstruct the origin of "Fries' trilemma"; finally, in the last section I draw some general conclusions about the issue qua a general problem for a theory of knowledge.

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