Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 100 (4):1047-1054 (2019)

Matthew Frise
Santa Clara University
Process reliabilism is a theory about ex post justification, the justification of a doxastic attitude one has, such as belief. It says roughly that a justified belief is a belief formed by a reliable process. It is not a theory about ex ante justification, one’s justification for having a particular attitude toward a proposition, an attitude one might lack. But many reliabilists supplement their theory such that it explains ex ante justification in terms of reliable processes. In this paper I argue that the main way reliabilists supplement their theory fails. In the absence of an alternative, reliabilism does not account for ex ante justification.
Keywords Process reliabilism  Ex ante justification  Ex post justification  Propositional justification  Doxastic justification  Ex ante problem  Alvin Goldman
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12289
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