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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHL232H1
Professor
Franz Huber
Semester
Winter

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Epistemology 3/4/2013 2:11:00 PM Evidentialism vs. reliabilism, internalism vs. externalism Evidentialism  Believe s only if there is evidence  Radical, Clifford o Classic example of the ship-owner and repairs o Had no right to believe ship was safe o What happens isn’t relevant to what the ship-owner should believe o Proposes principle, always wrong everywhere and for anyone to believe anything on insufficient evidence  ***Exam*** o Strongest formulations of evidentialism in epistemology o “Clifford’s other principle” …to ignore evidence that is relevant to persons beliefs or dismiss evidence  Difference between principles is synchronic and diachronic difference st  1 principle = synchronic  Synchronic: what should do at given moment in time, doesn’t say what I should do as time passes by nd  2 principle = diachronic  Diachronic:  James, will to believe, explicitly rejects Clifford’s principle o Have to make a decision but lack evidence  Lack evidence that would justify belief on making certain decision  Entitled to belief something without having sufficient evidence to justify truth  But is this case about what the agent should do as opposed to what agent should believe? o When disbelieving evidence or believing some
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