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, Volume 75, Issue 1, pp 37-43

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The Theory of Epistemic Justification and the Theory of Knowledge: A Divorce

  • Anthony Robert BoothAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Utrecht University Email author 


Richard Foley has suggested that the search for a good theory of epistemic justification and the analysis of knowledge should be conceived of as two distinct projects. However, he has not offered much support for this claim, beyond highlighting certain salutary consequences it might have. In this paper, I offer some further support for Foley’s claim by offering an argument and a way to conceive the claim in a way that makes it as plausible as its denial, and thus levelling the playing field. The burden of proof then lies with those who seek to deny Foley’s radical suggestion.