A New Evil Demon? No Problem for Moderate Internalists

Acta Analytica 30 (1):97-105 (2015)
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Kevin McCain
University of Alabama, Birmingham
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The New Evil Demon Problem is often seen as a serious objection to externalist theories of justification. In fact, some internalists think it is a decisive counterexample to externalism. Recently, Moon has argued that internalists face their own New Evil Demon Problem. According to Moon, it is possible for a demon to remove one’s unaccessed mental states while leaving the justificatory status of her accessed mental states unaffected. Since this is contrary to the claims of many forms of internalism, Moon maintains that his New Evil Demon Problem for Internalism shows that internalists face a problem that is just as troubling as the original NEDP. I argue that moderate internalists have nothing to fear from Moon’s demon
Keywords Epistemic justification  Externalism  Internalism  New Evil Demon Problem
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