Internalist Foundationalism

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Unformatted text preview: 1 Internalist Foundationalism 28 January 2008 2 Inferential beliefs The Principle of Inferential Justification: To be justified in believing P on the basis of E , (i) one must be justified in believing E , and (ii) one must be justified in believing that E makes probable P 3 The regress argument 1. Every evidential chain either 1. ends in an unjustified belief, 2. ends in a basic justified belief, 3. is an infinite regress of beliefs, or 4. is circular 2. Alternatives 1, 3, and 4 are impossible 3. So, there are basic justified beliefs 4 Options in epistemology • Foundationalism: accepts that there are basic justified beliefs • Infinitism: justification supervenes on infinite chains of beliefs in the right inferential relations • Coherentism: justification supervenes on relations of coherence among beliefs 5 Basic beliefs • Infallible beliefs: S ’s having the belief...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 255 taught by Professor Reed during the Winter '08 term at Northwestern.

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