SOPhiA 2022

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

On Relativizing the Sensitivity Condition to Belief-Formation Methods
(Epistemology, English)

According to the sensitivity account of knowledge, S knows that p only if S's belief in p is sensitive in the sense that S would not believe that p if p were false. It is widely accepted that the sensitivity condition should be relativized to belief-formation methods to avoid putative counterexamples. A remaining issue for the account is how belief-formation methods should be individuated. In this paper, I argue that while a coarse-grained individuation is still susceptible to counterexamples, a fine-grained individuation makes the target belief trivially insensitive. Therefore, there is not a principled way of individuating belief-formation methods that helps the sensitivity account to accommodate different cases.

Chair: Niklas Gärtner
Time: 14:40-15:10, 07 September 2022 (Wednesday)
Location: SR 1.003
Remark: (Online Talk)

Bin Zhao 
(University of California at Irvine, U.S.)

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