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Sanford C. Goldberg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199593248

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593248.001.0001

If That Were True I Would Have Heard about it by Now

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(p.154) 6 If That Were True I Would Have Heard about it by Now
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Relying on Others
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Sanford C. Goldberg (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593248.003.0007

This chapter examines beliefs formed on the basis of one's expectation that if things were not so, one would have heard about it by now. It is argued that a proper reliabilist assessment of these beliefs must attend to various cognitive dispositions of the members of the subject's community. On the model offered, such “coverage‐supported” beliefs are a species of inferentially‐acquired beliefs, where the inference is from a premise asserting the subject's expectation of relevant coverage. The epistemic goodness of the subject's expectation, in turn, is determined by reference to prevailing social practices and institutions.

Keywords:   coverage, media coverage, reliabilism, knowledge, justification

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