Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume 15, 1990

Carl Ginet
Pages 93-107

It Need Not Cause But It Must Be Accessible

This paper argues that a fact which constitutes part of a subject’s being justified in adopting an action or a belief at a particular time need not be part of what induced the subject to adopt that action or belief but it must be something to which the subject had immediate access. It argues that similar points hold for justification of the involuntary acquisition of a belief and for the justification of continuing a belief (actively or dispositionally.)