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Logos & Episteme

Volume 4, Issue 3, 2013

Patrick Bondy
Pages 283-292
DOI: 10.5840/logos-episteme20134313

How to Understand and Solve the Lottery Paradox

It has been claimed that there is a lottery paradox for justification and an analogous paradox for knowledge, and that these two paradoxes should have a common solution. I argue that there is in fact no lottery paradox for knowledge, since that version of the paradox has a demonstrably false premise. The solution to the justification paradox is to deny closure of justification under conjunction. I present a principle which allows us to deny closure of justification under conjunction in certain kinds of cases, but which still allows that belief in a conjunction on the basis of justified belief in its conjuncts can often be justified.

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