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Single Idea 2776

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 1. External Justification]

Full Idea

One reading of the externalist approach may lead to a rejection of the belief condition for knowledge (in animals, perhaps).

Gist of Idea

Externalism could even make belief unnecessary (e.g. in animals)


Jonathan Dancy (Intro to Contemporary Epistemology [1985], 9.3)

Book Reference

Dancy,Jonathan: 'Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology' [Blackwell 1985], p.133

A Reaction

At this point the concept of 'knowledge' seems to disperse into the mist. This pushes me to a 'setting the bar high' view of knowledge. Otherwise plants will have it, and we don't want that.