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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 21, Issue 2, Mayo 2006

Murali Ramachandran
Pages 185-194

How Believing Can Fail to Be Knowing

This paper defends a simple, externalist account of knowledge, incorporating familiar conditions mentioned in the literature, and responds to Timothy Williamson’s charge that any such analysis is futile because knowledge is semantically un-analyzable. The response, in short, is that even though such an account may not offer a reductive analysis of knowledge-by way of more basic, non-circular concepts-it still has an explanatory advantage over Williamson’s own position: it explains how belief can fail to be knowledge.

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