Putting the horse before the cart: A pragmatist analysis of knowledge

Trans/Form/Ação 34 (2):135-152 (2011)
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Luis M. Augusto
University Of Paris (Doctorate)
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The definition of knowledge as justified true belief is the best we presently have. However, the canonical tripartite analysis of knowledge does not do justice to it due to a Platonic conception of a priori truth that puts the cart before the horse. Within a pragmatic approach, I argue that by doing away with a priori truth, namely by submitting truth to justification, and by accordingly altering the canonical analysis of knowledge, this is a fruitful definition. So fruitful indeed that it renders the Gettier counterexamples vacuous, allowing positive work in epistemology and related disciplines.
Keywords Justified true belief. Epistemic justification. A priori truth
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DOI 10.1590/S0101-31732011000200008
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