Internalism externalized. Doxastic Change, the Body, and Causation

Kamber, Rainer Internalism externalized. Doxastic Change, the Body, and Causation. In: Pre-Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 164-166.


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One important element of a reliabilist account of knowledge is the causal production of beliefs about the external world. If such beliefs are thus produced they are likely to be true. This is a strategy that is not available to internalism. A strong link to Humean accounts of causation may be implicit in internalist doctrines about justification since they seem to assume the impossibility of justified beliefs about genuine causal facts. But if it can be shown that beliefs about causal facts are justifiable in the internalist sense then this would decisively modify the unsatisfying position of internalism regarding knowledge about the external world. It will be argued that knowledge presupposes doxastic change and that (i) beliefs about doxastic change are indefeasibly justifiable, that (ii) such change is not itself a doxastic entity, and (iii) that it involves causal facts.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perceptual Belief; Cartesian Scepticism; Armstrong, D.; Davidson, D.; Dretske, F.;
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Epistemologie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Naturphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Ontologie
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2008 10:11
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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