Acta Analytica 37 (2):249-261 (2021)

Bin Zhao
University of California, Irvine
The safety condition is supposed to be a necessary condition on knowledge which helps to eliminate epistemic luck. It has been argued that the condition should be globalized to a set of propositions rather than the target proposition believed to account for why not all beliefs in necessary truths are safe. A remaining issue is which propositions are relevant when evaluating whether the target belief is safe or not. In the literature, solutions have been proposed to determine the relevance of propositions. This paper examines a case of luckily true belief—thus a case of ignorance—and a case of knowledge. It argues that no solution in the literature offers a correct verdict in either case. Therefore, the strategy to globalize safety remains unsatisfactory.
Keywords epistemic luck  knowledge  necessary truths  safety  testimony  the basis of beliefs  the generality problem
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-021-00478-w
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