Synthese 194 (4):1397-1421 (2017)

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Thomas Raleigh
University of Luxembourg
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I consider the ‘inferentialist’ thesis that whenever a mental state rationally justifies a belief it is in virtue of inferential relations holding between the contents of the two states. I suggest that no good argument has yet been given for the thesis. I focus in particular on Williamson (2000) and Ginsborg (2011) and show that neither provides us with a reason to deny the plausible idea that experience can provide non-inferential justification for belief. I finish by pointing out some theoretical costs and tensions associated with endorsing inferentialism.
Keywords Inferentialism  Justification  Epistemology  Perception  Perceptual Experience  Acquaintance  Non-inferential Justification
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-1002-z
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The Recent Renaissance of Acquaintance.Thomas Raleigh - 2019 - In Thomas Raleigh & Jonathan Knowles (eds.), Acquaintance: New Essays. Oxford University Press.
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