Title

Problems of Epistemology: Foundationalism, Coherenism, and a Gettier Case

Date

5-29-2014 2:30 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 3:00 PM

Location

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 336

Department

Philosophy

Session Chair

Ryan Hickerson

Session Title

Philosophy Department, Senior Theses

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ryan Hickerson

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

When epistemology was in its infancy it was believed that justified true belief was enough to give an individual knowledge. In 1963 Edmund Gettier presented his infamous Gettier problem and demonstrated that beliefs can be true and justified without being warranted. Foundationalism and coherence theory both claim to solve the problems of epistemology. But examining each theory closely it can be seen that, in fact, neither truly solves the problem presented by Gettier; by using Getter as a test it can be seen that even when the two are combined they cannot save justified true belief.

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May 29th, 2:30 PM May 29th, 3:00 PM

Problems of Epistemology: Foundationalism, Coherenism, and a Gettier Case

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 336

When epistemology was in its infancy it was believed that justified true belief was enough to give an individual knowledge. In 1963 Edmund Gettier presented his infamous Gettier problem and demonstrated that beliefs can be true and justified without being warranted. Foundationalism and coherence theory both claim to solve the problems of epistemology. But examining each theory closely it can be seen that, in fact, neither truly solves the problem presented by Gettier; by using Getter as a test it can be seen that even when the two are combined they cannot save justified true belief.