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Single Idea 19729

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / A. Justification Problems / 1. Justification / a. Justification issues]

Full Idea

In 'modal epistemologies' a belief counts as knowledge only if there is a modal connection - a connection not only to the actual world, but also to other non-actual possible worlds - between the belief and the facts of the matter.

Gist of Idea

'Modal epistemology' demands a connection between the belief and facts in possible worlds


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

Book Reference

'Routledge Companion to Epistemology', ed/tr. Bernecker,S/Pritchard,D [Routledge 2014], p.189

A Reaction

[Pritchard 2005 seems to be a source for this] This sounds to me a bit like Nozick's tracking or sensitivity theory. Nozick is, I suppose, diachronic (time must pass, for the tracking), where this theory is synchronic.

Related Idea

Idea 19710 With a counterfactual account of the causal theory, we get knowledge as tracking or sensitive to truth [Vahid]