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Unformatted text preview: Epistemology Notes The Problem of Analyzing the Concept of Knowledge The Traditional Analysis of the Concept of Knowledge A traditional account of the concept of knowledge is as follows: knowledge = justified, true belief. Or, to put it in standard, expanded form: Person A knows that p means the same as (1) A believes that p, (2) It is true that p, and (3) A is justified in believing that p. How might one arrive at this analysis? One standard way of attempting to construct analyses involves searching for all necessary conditions, and then seeing whether the combination of all of the necessary conditions will provide one with a sufficient condition. If it does, then one may very well have arrived at an analysis of the concept in question. To understand this technique, one needs to understand the distinction between necessary conditions and sufficient conditions. This can be explained as follows: Suppose that if p is true, then q must also be true. Then the truth of p suffices to ensure that q is Suppose that if p is true, then q must also be true....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
- Fall '09