By Kelly Becker, Tim Black

ISBN-10: 0511783639

ISBN-13: 9780511783630

ISBN-10: 1107004233

ISBN-13: 9781107004238

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ISBN-13: 9781139557986

The sensitivity precept is a compelling thought in epistemology and is sometimes characterised as an important for wisdom. This number of 13 new essays constitutes a cutting-edge dialogue of this significant precept. many of the essays construct on and improve sensitivity-based money owed of data and supply novel defences of these bills. Others current unique objections to sensitivity-based money owed (objections that needs to be taken heavily even via those that safeguard better types of sensitivity) and provide finished research and dialogue of sensitivity's virtues and difficulties. The ensuing assortment will stimulate new debate in regards to the sensitivity precept and should be of significant curiosity and cost to students and complicated scholars of epistemology.

• comprises finished research and dialogue of sensitivity's virtues and problems
• comprises improvement and demanding dialogue of descendants of sensitivity, together with defense and non-counterfactual interpretations of the unique sensitivity principle
• presents a number of exact ways and responses to the worry that sensitivity violates the main that wisdom is closed lower than identified entailment

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The sensitivity precept is a compelling notion in epistemology and is sometimes characterised as an important for wisdom. This choice of 13 new essays constitutes a state of the art dialogue of this significant precept. the various essays construct on and advance sensitivity-based debts of data and provide novel defences of these debts.

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21 I V C onc l us ion Where does all this leave us? Nozick does not deny closure,22 despite his own announcements to the contrary. Instead, he proposes a rather sophisticated and useful principle of closure, (Nozick-Closure), which can deal surprisingly well with certain skeptical puzzles (again, against some of Nozick’s own statements) as well as with some other problems, like the problem of easy knowledge and bootstrapping or Harman’s lottery problem. More standard principles like (Closure) have serious problems here (but not (Closure*), which is not that different from Nozick’s principle).

Nevertheless, he fails to meet the sensitivity condition with respect to his belief that there is a dog before him. For suppose that in the nearest counterfactual situation in which there is no dog before him, there is a wolf before him, which he mistakes for a dog. In this case, sensitivity allows him to know that there is a dachshund before him and competently to deduce from this that there is a dog before him, but it does not allow him to know that there is a dog before him. Again, sensitivity theorists are forced into an absurd denial of the following obvious instance of Closure: if Oscar knows that there is a dachshund before him and if he knows that there is a dachshund before him implies there is a dog before him, then he knows that there is a dog before him.

Given this, we can express DeRose’s suggestion more clearly in the following way, as a condition that we will call explanationist counterfactualism, or (EC): (EC) S knows that P only if either S sensitively believes that P or, where P is implied by some Q (that is distinct from P), S knows that Q, and ~P fails to explain how S might come to hold the false belief that Q. We contend that when (EC)’s conditions are met, the not-P situation is not a threat to S’s knowing that P, given, of course, that S is competent at deduction, and that S is in a position to know P by deduction.

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