Acta Analytica

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 145–159

No Evidence is False

Authors

    • Department of PhilosophyKing’s College London
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12136-012-0167-z

Cite this article as:
Littlejohn, C. Acta Anal (2013) 28: 145. doi:10.1007/s12136-012-0167-z

Abstract

If evidence is propositional, is one’s evidence limited to true propositions or might false propositions constitute evidence? In this paper, I consider three recent attempts to show that there can be ‘false evidence,’ and argue that each of these attempts fails. The evidence for the thesis that evidence consists of truths is much stronger than the evidence offered in support of the theoretical assumptions that people have relied on to argue against this thesis. While I shall not defend the view that evidence is propositional, I shall defend the view that any propositional evidence must be true.

Keywords

EvidenceJustificationReasons for BeliefKnowledgeEpistemic rationality

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