Tolerance Towards Gettier-type Counterexamples

Wu-jin YANG, Yin-dan WANG


Although the JTB account for knowledge is challenged by Gettier-type counterexamples, we could still grasp the concept of knowledge by means of it. After thinking some modifications and reconsiderations to this account over, I found that they cannot clear up Gettier-type counterexamples at all. Such counterexamples arise because of the independence between truth and justification, which is due to the essential structure of knowledge. However, for the purpose of epistemology, we could still adopt a certain kind of ostensive definition for knowledge such as the JTB account.


Knowledge, JTB account, Gettier-type counterexample


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