Is Gettier"s First Example Flawed?

Schmidt-Petri, Christoph (2003) Is Gettier"s First Example Flawed? In: Pre-Proceedings of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg am Wechsel, pp. 317-319.


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The 'Gettier counterexamples' (Gettier 19631) to the tripartite account of propositional knowledge are generally taken to show that not every instance of justified true belief constitutes knowledge. I argue that Gettier's famous first example fails to establish this conclusion. I claim to show that the example violates the belief condition of the tripartite account. Of course, if Smith does not believe that (1) the man who will get the job has ten coins in his pocket it should not be surprising that he does not know it either, as Gettier correctly claims. But as the three conditions are not satisfied, the tripartite account is not refuted.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Justified True Belief; Gettier, E.L.; Russel, B.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Logik, analytische Philosophie
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 29 May 2008 06:51
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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