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Single Idea 19728

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / A. Justification Problems / 2. Justification Challenges / b. Gettier problem]

Full Idea

The protagonists in Gettier cases and in lottery cases fail to have knowledge because their beliefs are true simply as a matter of luck, where this means that their beliefs themselves are not appropriately connected to the facts.

Gist of Idea

Gettier and lottery cases seem to involve luck, meaning bad connection of beliefs to facts


Tim Black (Modal and Anti-Luck Epistemology [2011], 1)

Book Reference

'Routledge Companion to Epistemology', ed/tr. Bernecker,S/Pritchard,D [Routledge 2014], p.188

A Reaction

The lottery problem is you correctly believe 'my ticket won't win the lottery' even though you don't seem to actually know it won't. Is the Gettier problem simply the problem of lucky knowledge? 'Luck' is a rather vague concept.

Related Idea

Idea 6368 If my ticket won't win the lottery (and it won't), no other tickets will either [Kyburg, by Pollock/Cruz]