Single Idea 22327

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 3. Reliabilism / b. Anti-reliabilism]

Full Idea

Knowledge might result from a reliable and an unreliable process. ...Is something knowledge if you were told it by a drunken schoolteacher?

Gist of Idea

Knowledge from a drunken schoolteacher is from a reliable and unreliable process


Michael Potter (The Rise of Analytic Philosophy 1879-1930 [2020], 66 'Rel')

Book Reference

Potter,Michael: 'The Rise of Anaytic Philosophy 1879-1930' [Routledge 2020], p.432

A Reaction

Nice example. The listener must decide which process to rely on. But how do you decide that, if not by assessing the likely truth of what you are being told? It could be a bad teacher who is inspired by drink.