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Anti-Luck Epistemology

  • Duncan Pritchard
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Abstract

In chapter 1 we encountered the problem posed by Gettier-style cases, which was how to formulate a theory of knowledge which was able to deal adequately with such cases. We noted that Gettier-style cases essentially trade on the anti-luck intuition that if one has knowledge, then one has a true belief that could not have easily been wrong. In light of this fact, one natural thought to have is that rather than fixating on avoiding Gettier-style cases we should instead try to formulate that epistemic condition (or conditions) which appropriately accommodates the anti-luck intuition — i.e. we should try to formulate the anti-luck epistemic condition. After all, if we were able to formulate such a condition, then that would deal with the Gettier problem by default. We will call any theory of knowledge which explicitly has as a central component an anti-luck epistemic condition an anti-luck epistemology. That the condition has to be explicitly thought of in this way is important since all theories of knowledge try to have a view which excludes knowledge-undermining epistemic luck, and so all theories can be thought of as implicitly incorporating an anti-luck epistemic condition. Nevertheless, only some theories explicitly incorporate such a condition, as we will see.

Keywords

Actual World True Belief Gettier Problem Target Proposition Safety Principle 
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© Duncan Pritchard 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Duncan Pritchard
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  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK

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