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Is This a World Where Knowledge Has to Include Justification?

Stephen Hetherington
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Vol. 75, No. 1 (Jul., 2007), pp. 41-69
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40041090
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Abstract

If any thesis is all-but-universally accepted by contemporary epistemologists, it is justificationism--the thesis that being an instance of knowledge has to include being epistemically justified in some appropriate way. If there is to be any epistemological knowledge about knowledge, a paradigm candidate would seem to be our knowledge that justificationism is true. This is a conception of a way in which knowledge has to be robust. Nevertheless, this paper provides reason to doubt the truth of that conception. Even epistemology's supposed conceptual core is not as epistemically unchallengeable as we might have assumed to be the case.

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