By John Turri, Peter D. Klein
Infinitism is an old view in epistemology concerning the constitution of information and epistemic justification, in accordance with which there are not any foundational purposes for trust. The view hasn't ever been renowned, and is usually linked to skepticism, yet after languishing for hundreds of years it has lately all started a resurgence. Ad Infinitum offers new paintings at the subject by means of prime epistemologists. They shed new gentle on infinitism's distinct strengths and weaknesses, and deal with questions, new and outdated, approximately its account of justification, reasoning, epistemic accountability, confrontation, and belief, between different very important concerns. the amount clarifies the connection among infinitism and different epistemological perspectives, comparable to skepticism, coherentism, foundationalism and contextualism, and it deals novel views at the metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics of regresses and purposes.
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Grace’s command of her knowledge that Napoleon lost at Waterloo, namely that it is highly integrated with other things she knows, closely related to it her knowledge of its details, constitutes her knowing it better than Albert. And so, a further condition for knowing better: KB4: If A and B both know that p, but A has more evidence for p (or eliminated more of the alternatives) than B, then prima facie A knows p better than B. The intuition, again, is that doing one’s homework not only often allows one to know something, but puts one in a position to know it better than those who do only the minimum amount to attain knowledge.
In short, what we have here is a classic example of a philosophical puzzle: each member of an inconsistent set of claims has at least some initial plausibility to it, and so we Page 4 of 20 Klein and the Regress Argument are forced, it seems, to reject at least one seemingly plausible claim. There are five standard ways to respond to this puzzle, each of which denies just one member of the Inconsistent Set: Foundationalism: PB is true and UF, IR, CR, and RS are false. The “Unjustified Foundations” View: UF is true and PB, IR, CR, and RS are false.
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Ad Infinitum: New Essays on Epistemological Infinitism by John Turri, Peter D. Klein