Similarity and Acquaintance: A Dilemma

Philosophical Studies 147 (3):369 - 378 (2010)
There is an interesting and instructive problem with Richard Fumerton's acquaintance theory of noninferential justification. Fumerton's explicit account requires acquaintance with the truth-maker of one's belief and yet he admits that one can have noninferential justification when one is not acquainted with the truthmaker of one's belief but instead acquainted with a very similar truth-maker. On the face of it this problem calls for clarification. However, there are skeptical issues lurking in the background. This paper explores these issues by developing a dilemma for an acquaintance theory
Keywords Acquaintance  Non-inferential justification, Richard Fumerton  Foundationalism
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