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Knowledge in an Uncertain World

Jeremy Fantl and Matthew McGrath


This book is an exploration of the relation between knowledge, reasons, and justification. According to the primary argument of the book, you can rely on what you know in action and belief, because what you know can be a reason you have and you can rely on the reasons you have. If knowledge doesn't allow for a chance of error — if it requires certainty — then this result is unsurprising. But if knowledge does allow for a chance of error — as seems required if we know much of anything at all — this result entails the denial of a received position in epistemology. Because any chance of error, if ... More

Keywords: knowledge, certainty, chance, belief, pragmatic encroachment, epistemic position, reasons, justification, contextualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199550623
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Fantl, author
University of Calgary
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Matthew McGrath, author
University of Missouri, Columbia
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