A Response On Nozick 's Conception Of Knowledge

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Emmaline DiPace
Professor Theodore Korzukhin
PHIL 10100
October 29, 2016
A Response to Nozick’s Conception of Knowledge In everyday life, people often claim knowledge of various facts and experiences. However, despite the regularity of such claims, it is difficult to articulate what knowledge specifically is and what conditions are necessary to constitute knowledge of a specific fact or event. One set of conditions for knowledge, known as justified true belief, states that a person knows something if that thing is true, if they believe it, and if they are justified in believing it (Gettier 345). This theory, however, was shown to be problematic by the philosopher Edmund Gettier. By proposing two examples, Gettier showed that the conditions of justified true belief are not sufficient to establish knowledge (345-346). Although Gettier found this flaw, he did not propose any alternate conditions of knowledge to add to or replace those of justified true belief (346). This is where Nozick’s idea of knowledge, presented in “”Knowledge” from Philosophical Explanations,” becomes relevant. Nozick’s conditions for knowledge attempt to define knowledge without being swayed by cases such as the Gettier examples. In this paper, I will first summarize Nozick’s conception of knowledge as well as some of the reasoning for including each condition. I will then try to find an example to show that Nozick’s conditions, although more widely applicable to knowledge than justified true

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