more from Timothy McGrew

Single Idea 19684

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / B. Internal Justification / 3. Evidentialism / a. Evidence]

Full Idea

Does the sudden realization of a heretofore unrecognized possibility count as evidence?

Gist of Idea

Does spotting a new possibility count as evidence?


Timothy McGrew (Evidence [2011], 'Evid..')

Book Reference

'Routledge Companion to Epistemology', ed/tr. Bernecker,S/Pritchard,D [Routledge 2014], p.62

A Reaction

[Nice use of 'heretofore'! Why say 'previously' when you can keep these wonderful old English words alive?] This means that we can imagine new evidence ('maybe the murderer was a snake'!). Wrong. The evidence is what suggests the possibility.