Is Reliabilism Is True, Could We Ever Know Whether We Know Anything?

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The main issue addressed in this exposition is if “reliabilism is true, could we ever know whether we know anything? (If not, how big a problem would that be?)” According to the following evidence that will be presented, it is suggested that there is no way of knowing whether we know anything, when using the reliabilist form of justification as a way to reach truth. To begin, reliabilism is a form of justification where we do not need to account for the exact sources our beliefs come from because it “is externalist in character” (Handout 10). Moreover, a belief is justified if it was formed by an unconditionally reliable process, or by a conditionally reliable process that receives input from other conditional reliable processes that are ultimately based on this unconditionally reliable process (Handout 10). What singles out this unconditionally reliable process, is that it doesn’t come from other beliefs. On the other hand, it uses other mechanisms different from beliefs to form beliefs. An example of a possible unconditionally reliable process is sight, because we use sight as a way to gather information and form beliefs about the environment around us. Other underlying cognitive processes could be considered unconditionally reliable processes, but this is still a matter of debate (Lecture 10).

One specific aspect of reliabilism is that it takes in account the external environment an individual is in. It follows that whether a process is reliable or not depends solely on…

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