Alvin Goldman adopts LUIQ solution to the generality problem

In his new textbook on epistemology, distinguished philosopher Alvin I. Goldman adopts the solution to the so-called generality problem proposed by LUIQ members Erik J. Olsson and Martin L. Jönsson (‘adopts’ with characteristic caution and qualification). The generality problem focuses on the alleged arbitrariness of judgements of reliability as an objection to the reliabilist theory of knowledge, which states that knowledge amounts to reliably acquired true belief. The solution suggested by Olsson draws on the basic level theory in cognitive psychology and was later confirmed in psychological experiments carried out by Jönsson.


Jönsson, M. (2013). A Reliabilism Built on Cognitive Convergence: An Emperically Grounded Solution to the Generality Problem. Episteme, 10, 241-268. Cambridge University Press.

Jönsson, M. (in press). Linguistic Convergence in Verbs for Belief-forming Processes. Philosophical Psychology. Routledge.

Goldman, AI, and McGrath, M. (2015), Epistemology: A Contemporary Introduction.

Olsson, E. J. (2011). The Generality Problem Naturalized. In Svensson, F. & Sliwinski, R. (Red.) Festschrift for Erik Carlson, Uppsala.

Olsson, E. J. (2012). Reliabilism as Explicating Knowledge: A Sketch of an Account. In Jäger, C. & Löffler, W. (Red.) Epistemology: Contexts, Values, Disagreement. Ontos Verlag.

Olsson, E. J. (in press). A Naturalistic Approach to the Generality Problem. In Kornblith, H. & McLaughlin, B. (Red.) Alvin Goldman and His Critics. Blackwell.”