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Perception and Basic Beliefs: Zombies, Modules and the Problem of the External World

Jack C. Lyons


This book addresses two central questions in epistemology: (1) which beliefs are epistemologically basic (i.e., noninferentially justified)? and (2) where does perception end and inferential cognition begin? The book offers a highly externalist theory, arguing that it is not introspectible features of the beliefs that determine their status as basic or as perceptual; instead, these are determined by the nature of the cognitive system, or module, that produced the beliefs. On this view, the sensory experiences that typically accompany perceptual beliefs play no indispensable role in the justifi ... More

Keywords: epistemology, justification, perception, basic belief, externalism, noninferential justification, inference, modularity, reliabilism, evidence, evidentialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195373578
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack C. Lyons, author
University of Arkansas
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