Lund University Information Quality Research Group

Knowledge as Reliably Acquired True Belief

Project Period: 2011-14

Project Description

Projectleader: Erik J. Olsson

The purpose of this project it to investigate a particular view on the nature of knowledge – reliabilism. According to this theory, knowledge is true belief acquired through a reliable process. Reliabilism is naturalistic in that it reduces knowledge to a phenomenon that can be studied by empirical means, requiring only minimal reflective ability on the part of the knower – it is applicable also to small children and higher animals. This theory has recently been the target of serious criticism and doubt concerning the problem of value – the theory is assumed not to satisfy Plato’s principle that knowledge should be more valuable than mere true belief, and generality – the theory lacks a method by means of which it could be decided at what level of generality a belief acquisition process should be categorized, which can affect the latter’s reliability.

The received view is that reliabilism is not only inadequate but also incomplete.The project will evaluate reliabilism with respect to these and other well as build new interdisciplinary bridges between theoretical philosophy and cognitive psychology.


Project Details

  • Client Swedish Research Council
  • Date 14 May, 2013
  • Tags Erik J. Olsson
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