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At the threshold of knowledge

Rothschild, D; Spectre, L; (2018) At the threshold of knowledge. Philosophical Studies , 175 (2) pp. 449-460. 10.1007/s11098-017-0876-7. Green open access

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Abstract

We explore consequences of the view that to know a proposition your rational credence in the proposition must exceed a certain threshold. In other words, to know something you must have evidence that makes rational a high credence in it. We relate such a threshold view to Dorr et al.’s (Philosophical Studies 170(2):277–287, 2014) argument against the principle they call fair coins: “If you know a coin won’t land tails, then you know it won’t be flipped.” They argue for rejecting fair coins because it leads to a pervasive skepticism about knowledge of the future. We argue that the threshold view of evidence and knowledge gives independent grounds to reject fair coins.

Type: Article
Title: At the threshold of knowledge
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11098-017-0876-7
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-017-0876-7
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Evidence, Knowledge, Thresholds, Tolerance principle, Probability, Rational-belief, Inference, Epistemological skepticism about the future
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1540510
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