BonJour’s Anti-Foundationalist Argument

  • Matthias Steup
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 44)


Philosophers who reject foundationalism affirm either that there is not, or that there cannot be, a foundation of knowledge. A typical argument in support of the former claim runs as follows. For there to be a foundation of knowledge, there would have to be a sufficient number of beliefs that enjoy an evidential privilege such as infallibility, indubitability, or incorrigibility. For only by virtue of possessing such an evidential privilege could a belief be an instance of direct knowledge and then serve as a foundation forindirect knowledge. However, as a matter of psychological fact, far too few beliefs meet this condition for there to be a sufficient number of foundational beliefs. Hence indirect knowledge does not rest on any foundation.1


Justify Belief Basic Belief Representational Content Epistemic Justification Epistemic Evaluation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Steup
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  1. 1.The University of WyomingUSA

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