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Single Idea 8881

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / D. Empiricism / 5. Empiricism Critique]

Full Idea

Almost nothing that one knows of history or geography or science has adequate sensory support, present or even recalled.

Gist of Idea

Most of our knowledge has insufficient sensory support


Ernest Sosa (Beyond internal Foundations to external Virtues [2003], 6.7)

Book Reference

Bonjour,L/Sosa,E: 'Epistemic Justification' [Blackwells 2003], p.117

A Reaction

This seems a bit glib, and may be false. The main issue to which this refers is, of course, induction, which (almost by definition) is a supposedly empirical process which goes beyond the empirical evidence.