What Should a Theory of Knowledge Do?
Article first published online: 22 NOV 2011
© 2011 The Author. dialectica© 2011 Editorial Board of dialectica
Special Issue: Justification. Guest Editor: Anne Meylan
Volume 65, Issue 4, pages 561–579, December 2011
How to Cite
CHUDNOFF, E. (2011), What Should a Theory of Knowledge Do?. Dialectica, 65: 561–579. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2011.01285.x
- Issue published online: 22 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 22 NOV 2011
The Gettier Problem is the problem of revising the view that knowledge is justified true belief in a way that is immune to Gettier counter-examples. The “Gettier Problem problem”, according to Lycan, is the problem of saying what is misguided about trying to solve the Gettier Problem. In this paper I take up the Gettier Problem problem. I distinguish giving conditions that are necessary and sufficient for knowledge from giving conditions that explain why one knows when one does know. I argue that the problem with the Gettier Problem is that it requires us to articulate conditions that suffice for knowledge even if those conditions are non-explanatory. After defending this view, I take up two related methodological issues, one about the evidence that can be given in favor of an account of knowledge, and one about the role that investigating justification might play in investigating knowledge.