Sosa on easy knowledge and the problem of the criterion
- James Van Cleve
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Sosa’s Reflective Knowledge (2009) is enlightening, penetrating, and far too rich to be engaged with in its entirety here. I have chosen to focus on the final chapter, in which Sosa draws upon various of the distinctions and doctrines from earlier chapters to address the Problem of Easy Knowledge and the Problem of the Criterion. Although our symposium is entitled “Author Meets Critics,” my own contribution might more aptly be entitled “Author Meets Querist,” as what I offer is an exposition of Sosa along with a sprinkling of questions about whether I have understood things correctly and how things might be developed further.
The problem of easy knowledge
The Problem of easy knowledge, as articulated in Cohen (2002), may be set out as a dilemma that arises depending on the stance we take on the following thesis:
KRel: A potential knowledge source K can yield knowledge for S only if S knows that K is reliable.
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Volume 153, Issue 1 , pp 19-28
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- James Van Cleve (1)
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- 1. School of Philosophy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA