, Volume 188, Issue 2, pp 217-230

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The Gettier-illusion: Gettier-partialism and infallibilism

  • Stephen HetheringtonAffiliated withUniversity of New South Wales Email author 

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Could the standard interpretation of Gettier cases reflect a fundamental confusion? Indeed so. How well can epistemologists argue for the truth of that standard interpretation? Not so well. A methodological mistake is allowing them not to notice how they are simply (and inappropriately) being infallibilists when regarding Gettiered beliefs as failing to be knowledge. There is no Gettier problem that we have not merely created for ourselves by unwittingly being infallibilists about knowledge.


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