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Fallibilism: Evidence and Knowledge

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2019.07.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jessica Brown, Fallibilism: Evidence and Knowledge, Oxford University Press, 2018, 197pp., $54.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198801771. Reviewed by Aidan McGlynn, The University of Edinburgh In 1988, Stewart Cohen could write that 'The acceptance of fallibilism in epistemology is virtually universal' (1988: 91). Thirty years on, and things look decidedly different. Part of the reason for the shift is David Lewis's 'Elusive Knowledge' (1996), which suggested that epistemologists can avoid a choice between fallibilism and scepticism, though at the cost of accepting contextualism about knowledge attributions. More recently still, some epistemologists have suggested that by adopting a more generous conception of the evidence we have bearing on the external world than Lewis allowed, infallibilism can avoid both scepticism and contextualism. Perhaps, for example, my evidence right now includes the proposition that there's a laptop in front of me, or that I see that there's a laptop in front... Read More

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