Single Idea 19711

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 10. Anti External Justification]

Full Idea

Internalists say that externalism is inadequate because it makes the obtaining of knowledge and justified beliefs too easy

Gist of Idea

Externalism makes the acquisition of knowledge too easy?


Hamid Vahid (Externalism/Internalism [2011], 4)

Book Reference

'Routledge Companion to Epistemology', ed/tr. Bernecker,S/Pritchard,D [Routledge 2014], p.153

A Reaction

This looks like a key issue in epistemology. Do children and animals have lots of knowledge, which they soak up unthinkingly, or do only thinking adults really 'know' things? Why not have degrees of knowledge?

Related Idea

Idea 19712 Maybe there is plain 'animal' knowledge, and clearly justified 'reflective' knowledge [Vahid]