Monday, July 14, 2008

Gettier problem

this will be a short post. Seems like the easy answer to the Gettier problem is as per wikipedia Richard Kirkham's scepticism.

Pretty much the theory I had when I was in primary school - you cant really "know" anything and any artificial definition you push on knowledge will have a counter example because its an artificial definition. It seems to be primary school logic that Justified True Belief never deserved to get on the table as a fundamental concept.

But that doesn't mean that you cant use JTB as a model - just that you should expect counter examples. It is like a theory that all Americans are richer than all people from Russia. It may be a useful working assumption but it's not a law of nature.


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