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Unformatted text preview: Shoemaker's Formulation of the Argument The claim that it is logically necessary that memories beliefs are generally reliable is, in view of the considerations mentioned above, a surprising one. But an argument in support of it can be offered, along the lines of one set out by Shoemaker in his article on "Memory" in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy : [The view that it is logically possible that memory beliefs are universally or generally false] rests on the idea that it can only be contingently true, if it is true at all, that memory beliefs are for the most part true. If this were so, we ought to be able to imagine a people whose memories were seldom or never correct. But supposing that there could be such a people, how could we identify any of their utterances as memory claims (as we would have to be able to do in order to find that...
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