Fred Dretske grounds, or reasons, when the question ‘How does S know?’ can sensibly be asked and answered, the evidence, grounds, or reasons must be. Fred Dretske is an epistemologist who proposed in his essay “Conclusive Reasons,” that evidence, grounds, and reasons should be considered as. On Dretske’s view knowing p is roughly a matter of having a reason R for believing p which meets the following condition (‘CR’ for conclusive.

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But there are other versions of reliabilism which sustain K.

The straight principle needs qualifying, but this should not concern us so long as the qualifications are natural given the idea we are trying to capture, namely, that we can extend our knowledge by recognizing, and accepting thereby, things that follow from something that we know. Fact, Fiction, and Forecast. If, while knowing pS believes q because S knows q is equivalent to pthen S knows q. For his answer, Dretske fell back to the standard epistemological arguments.

Dretske arguedthat we should expect K failure because none of the modes of gaining, preserving or extending knowledge are individually closed. One way to do this is to weaken the tracking analysis so that we know things that we track or that we believe because we know that they follow from things that we track this sort of option has been turned against Nozick by various theorists; Roush defends it in Heinemann, Loeb Classical Library.

Lewis Willard Van Orman Quine Frank Ramsey Wilfrid Sellars Fred Dretske is an epistemologist who proposed in his essay “Conclusive Reasons,” that evidence, grounds, and reasons should be considered as justifications for beliefs.

This is so because 2 entails the falsity of, 3 Although R is the case P might not be the case. Closure of Rational Belief To say that justified belief is closed under entailment drtske to say that something like one of the following principles is correct or that both are: Skeptics note that in the epistemic context it is inappropriate to grant anyone knowledge.


Noesis Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Wikipedia. Second, we say that A is ruled out on the basis of R if dtetske only if the following condition is met: In view of a – cwe have a counterexample to Kwhich entails that if a you know zeband b you believe not-mule by recognizing that zeb entails not-mulethen you do know not-mulecontrary to c.

When R meets this condition, let concluaive say that R is a safe indicator that p is true. I am also justified in believing that ticket 2 will lose, and that 3 will lose, and so on.

And even this more limited position can be challenged adapting a charge against Nozick in Shatz That is to say, 2 eliminates R and not-P as a possible joint state of affairs and, when we are given R, it eliminates not-P as a possible state of affairs.

It says an alternative A is ruled out on the basis of R if and only if the following condition is met: Dretske’s approach qualifies once again. Consider the following principles:.

Epistemic Closure (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

This assumption might rest on the idea that any belief M yields is, at best, accidentally correct, if in any circumstances M yields a false or an accidentally correct belief Luper b,c. But neither difficulty threatens JP. Arguably, for justification closure, all that is necessary is that when, given all of our relevant evidence ewe are justified in believing pwe also have sufficient justification for believing each of p ‘s consequences.

In the close worlds in which I believe red barnI am correct, so I meet the requisite condition for knowing red barnwhich is that my believing red barn safely indicates its own truth.


This way of understanding relevant alternatives upholds K. If no barn were there, R would fail to hold, so I know a barn is there.

Epistemic Closure

For example, since not – biv is entailed by hI am in San Antonio, skeptics may argue as follows:. This was the end of searching for a priori justifications of true belief In Dretske called for epistemology to be put on an information-science basis. It is not obvious that I do know there is a red barn in the circumstances Dretske sketches, which differ from those in Ginet’s original barn case where I fail to know barn only in the stipulations that I see a red barn and that none of the barn simulacra are red.

However, there is a great deal to be said for treating lottery propositions one way and lotteryesque propositions another. Dustin Stokes – – Philosophy Compass 8 7: The same difficulty is sometimes discussed under the heading problem of easy knowledgesince some theorists Cohen believe that certain things are difficult to know, in the sense that they cannot be known by deduction from banal knowledge.

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Moore knows he is standing; his knowing that he is standing entails that he is not dreaming; therefore, he knows or rather is in a position to know that he is not dreaming. Even if we reject this principle, it does not follow that justification is not closed under entailment, as Peter Klein reaspns out.