Knowledge, Safety, and Questions

Brian Ball

Abstract


Safety-based theories of knowledge face a difficulty surrounding necessary truths: no subject could have easily falsely believed such a proposition. Failing to predict that ill-grounded beliefs in such propositions do not constitute knowledge, standard safety theories are therefore less informative than desired. Some have suggested that the subjects at issue could easily have believed some related false proposition; but they have given no indication as to what makes a proposition related. I suggest a solution to this problem: a belief is safe iff its subject could not easily have believed a false answer to the same question.

Keywords: epistemology, knowledge, problem of necessary truths, questions, safety.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4013/fsu.2016.171.07



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