Justified Judging

AJ Bird

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Traditional approaches to epistemology have sought, unsuccessfully, to define knowledge in terms of justification. I follow Timothy Williamson in arguing that this is misconceived and that we should take knowledge as our fundamental epistemological notion. We can then characterize justification as a certain sort of approximation to knowledge. A judgment is justified if and only if the reason (if there is one) for a failure to know is to be found outside the subject's mental states; that is, justified judging is possible knowing (where one world accessible from another if and only if they are identical with regard to a subjec's antecedent mental states and judgment forming processes). This view is explained and defended.
Translated title of the contributionJustified Judging
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81 - 110
Number of pages30
JournalPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research
Volume74 (1)
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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Publisher: International Phenomenological Society
Other: online ISSN is 1468-0017


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