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Alvin I. Goldman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812875.001.0001

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Reliabilism and the Value of Knowledge

Reliabilism and the Value of Knowledge

(p.151) 6 Reliabilism and the Value of Knowledge
Reliabilism and Contemporary Epistemology

Alvin I. Goldman

Erik J. Olsson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses two possible solutions to the value-of-knowledge problem. It first discusses the conditional probability solution, which was formulated and defended by Erik Olsson. It then considers the “value autonomization”, which has been developed and defended by the author of this book. The chapter then stresses that the swamping problem is equally problematic for many theories of knowledge and internalist theories. The chapter also introduces the concepts of type instrumentalism and token instrumentalism.

Keywords:   value-of-knowledge problem, conditional probability solution, Erik Olsson, value autonomization, swamping problem, theories of knowledge, internalist theories, type instrumentalism, token instrumentalism

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