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What's the Point of “Knowledge” Anyway?

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In Knowledge and the State of Nature Edward Craig defends the thesis that the function of the concept of knowledge is to flag good informants. This paper aims to show that Craig's thesis (CT) is false. In order to establish this, I will point to some data that CT fails to explain in a satisfactory manner. I will then introduce an alternative thesis that is not only able to secure the acclaimed benefits of CT, but also provides a neat explanation of the recalcitrant data.

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K. DeRose 1992. “Contextualism and Knowledge Attributions.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 52: 912–29.

M. Fricker 2008. “Scepticism and the Genealogy of Knowledge.” Philosophical Papers 37: 2750.

J. Greco 2007. “The Purpose of Knowledge and the Nature of Ability.” Philosophical Issues 17: 5769.

J. Greco 2008. “What's Wrong with Contextualism?The Philosophical Quarterly 58: 416–35.

M. Kusch 2009. “Testimony and the Value of Knowledge.” In A. Haddock , A. Millar , and D. Pritchard (eds.), Epistemic Value, pp. 6094. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

D. Pritchard 2009. Knowledge. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Episteme
  • ISSN: 1742-3600
  • EISSN: 1750-0117
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