Single Idea 3574

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / C. External Justification / 1. External Justification]

Full Idea

A problem with pure externalism is that it ignores the social dimension of knowledge.

Gist of Idea

Externalism ignores the social aspect of knowledge


Michael Williams (Problems of Knowledge [2001], Ch. 2)

Book Reference

Williams,Michael: 'Problems of Knowledge' [OUP 2001], p.36

A Reaction

This seems to be contradicted by Idea 3573, which allows a social dimension to agreement over what is reliable. I am inclined to take knowledge as an entirely social concept.

Related Idea

Idea 3573 Externalist reliability refers to a range of conventional conditions [Williams,M]