Gettier Cases: A Taxonomy

Peter Blouw, Wesley Buckwalter, John Turri

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The term “Gettier Case” is a technical term frequently applied to a wide array of thought experiments in contemporary epistemology. What do these cases have in common? It is said that they all involve a justified true belief which, intuitively, is not knowledge, due to a form of luck called “Gettiering.” While this very broad characterization suffices for some purposes, it masks radical diversity. We argue that the extent of this diversity merits abandoning the notion of a “Gettier Case” in a favour of more finely grained terminology. We propose such terminology, and use it to effectively sort the myriad Gettier cases from the theoretical literature in a way that charts deep fault lines in ordinary judgments about knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExplaining knowledge: new essays on the Gettier problem
EditorsRodrigo Borges, Claudio de Almeida, Peter D Klein
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2018


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