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May 1, 2011

Questions on knowledge

by Neil Rickert

In this post, I pose some questions for those who take knowledge to be justified true belief.  I am treating them as rhetorical questions, so that I don’t actually expect any answers.  I doubt that there are any good answers that are consistent with the JTB characterization of knowledge.  However, I welcome comments on the questions.

  1. If epistemology provides a useful account of knowledge, why is it that many scientists find it useless?
  2. Why do scientists find mathematics to be of great value, while epistemology has difficulty accounting for mathematical knowledge?
  3. Why are television programs such as “Sesame Street” considered by many to be of educational value, when they are entirely fictional and therefore have no true beliefs?