Why reliabilism does not permit easy knowledge

Synthese 190 (17):3751-3775 (2013)

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Kelly Becker
University of New Mexico
Abstract
Reliabilism furnishes an account of basic knowledge that circumvents the problem of the given. However, reliabilism and other epistemological theories that countenance basic knowledge have been criticized for permitting all-too-easy higher-level knowledge. In this paper, I describe the problem of easy knowledge, look briefly at proposed solutions, and then develop my own. I argue that the easy knowledge problem, as it applies to reliabilism, hinges on a false and too crude understanding of ‘reliable’. With a more plausible conception of ‘reliable’, a simple and elegant solution emerges
Keywords Basic knowledge  Bootstrapping  Easy knowledge problem  Higher-order knowledge  Reliabilism
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-012-0222-8
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