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The Philosophy of Information$
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Luciano Floridi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232383.001.0001

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The logical unsolvability of the Gettier problem

The logical unsolvability of the Gettier problem

(p.209) 9 The logical unsolvability of the Gettier problem
The Philosophy of Information

Luciano Floridi (Contributor Webpage)

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The chapter eliminates a potential obstacle towards an informational analysis of knowledge. In the last decades, epistemology has been largely confined to the tripartite account of propositional, fallibilist knowledge that p as justified true belief. Such approach can become adequate only if it can solve the Gettier problem. However, the latter can be solved only if the problem of a successful coordination of truth and justification can be achieved. But such coordination problem is unsolvable because it is equivalent to the ‘coordinated attack’ problem, which is demonstrably unsolvable in epistemic logic. It follows that the tripartite account is not merely inadequate as it stands, as proved by Gettier-type counterexamples, but demonstrably irreparable in principle, so that efforts to improve it can never succeed. The positive result is that the tripartite account should be abandoned in favour of a non-doxastic, informational approach to the analysis of knowledge.

Keywords:   Byzantine generals theorem, coordinated attack problem, coordination problem, doxastic approach, epistemic logic, Gettier problem, tripartite analysis

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